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Solar Thermal

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iStock_000014433389XSmallThe solar thermal method uses energy from the sun directly to generate heat. Solar panels can be used to collect heat from the sun and transfer it for hot water and space heating.There are two types of solar water heating panels, they are evacuated tubes and flat plate collectors. Flat plate’s collectors can be fixed on the roof tiles or integrated into the roof.

A boiler or immersion heater can be used as a back up to heat the water further to reach the temperature set by the cylinders thermostat when the solar water heating system does not reach that temperature. Larger solar panels can also provide energy to heat your home as well - though usually only in the summer months when home heating is unnecessary.

The benefits of Solar Water Heating

  •  Hot water throughout the year – The system works all year round, however you will need to heat the water further with a boiler or immersion heater during the winter months.

  •  Cut your bills – Sunlight is free, so once you’ve paid for the initial installation, your hot water cost will be reduced.

  •  Cut your carbon footprint – Solar hot water is green and renewable heating systems can reduce you carbon dioxide emissions.

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