Solar energy is becoming more and more popular as we are all trying to do our bit to help the environment. It has become more affordable and reliable as the technology has improved over the last ten years with installations becoming less obtrusive and more compact.
Solar energy will supply around 70% of your annual hot water needs if sized and installed correctly.
Although the initial outlay can be expensive your other energy bills can be reduced considerably and the break even point between outlay and expenditure is 5 to 10 years. Solar panels have a life expectancy of around 25-30 years and can be repaired in situ if evacuated tubes are used instead of flat panels.
Solar panels can prove a useful secondary heat source for hot tubs and swimming pools.
A typical solar energy installation will consist of the correct number of panels to meet demand located on the pitched or flat roof using purpose made frames and brackets. Specially insulated stainless steel pipe filled with a glycol mixture running through a control module and going to the hot water cylinder which will have two heating coils; one for the conventional source of heat (natural gas or LPG) and the other for the solar energy heat source.
The panels do not have to be located on a south facing roof although this is where they will be the most efficient. Panels can be fitted on roofs that are not south but the number of panels has to increase to compensate for this. Panels can be placed on a flat roof by using an "A" frame to angle them correctly.
No, planning permission is not required unless you live in a listed building.
Yes, due to increasing energy prices polls have found that potential buyers are willing to pay extra for an energy efficient house.
Even during the winter months you will still experience benefits from solar energy.
No, once fitted solar panels do not require cleaning as they are washed by the rain.