Solar water heating is the most widespread household renewable technology in the UK, requiring no planning application, minimal maintenance and providing long term benefits. Solar panels (collectors) fitted to the roof of your property collect heat from the sun and this heat is typically used to warm water stored in a hot water cylinder. This pre-heated water is then ready for domestic use. The system will be backed up by a conventional boiler or immersion, but crucially this only needs to act as a top up, saving you money on energy bills and doing your bit for the planet.
Micro-generation Misconception: Solar only works when the sun is shining
Solar panels can be used to heat water throughout the entire year in the UK as only solar radiation is needed not direct sunlight. During the summer months the system can usually perform all the water heating requirements necessary for the home.
Once installed, solar requires very little maintenance, providing you with free hot water created by the sun’s energy in your home for over 20 years. It will add value to your property and it might even go some way to persuading the neighbours to adopt a greener lifestyle too!