Using the power (solar power) of the sun to produce Solar
is easier than you think, solar water heating
panels can generate up to 50% of your hot water, and what's
more it is free after the initial installation outlay.
The sun as we understand it is the ultimate sustainable source
of energy, and there are plenty of sunshine hours (cloudy days
still produce ) in the UK to use solar water heating panels
effectively. Solar water panels only require solar radiation
from the sun and even can work well on cloudy days, so rain
or shine you can enjoy variable amounts of free hot water. So
regardless of the weather, properly sited panels are a great
source for variable amounts of hot water all year round. Saving
around 20-50% of your hot water bill is possible in a standard
three or four bedroomed house. Most manufacturers panels come
with a warranty of twenty years and will probably last a lot
How the sun heats the water:
The sun even through cloud warms the surface of the panels and
warms the heat transfer fluid that is pumped through tubes inside
the panels. The tubes are connected to your existing water heating
Solar evacuated tube detail
Two Solar Hot Water Systems
Which One Is For Me:
There are two systems, both are good, but their are some clear
advantages with the second.
First solar system
Flat panel solar system - If looks are what you want then these
clean flat panels give you that.
Second solar system
Direct evacuated tubes based upon the Thermos flask principle
have the edge as regards performance
Will I need planning permission?
If the panels do not project significantly beyond the existing
roof slope then you won't need permission. You will require
permission however if your property is in a conservation area
or is a listed building. It is prudent in any case to give your
local planning department a quick call and finally having it
Slate roofs/Tiled roofs (prices may vary slightly between
the roof/tile types)
|1 panel package
|2 panel package
|3 panel package
*Plus installation costs which vary from region to region.
The right system for your boiler:
Solar water heating panels can be integrated into most existing
hot water systems, but not all.
Warming - it's why we are making changes to our way of life!