Getting into hot water

In recent times, solar PV may have grabbed the nation’s attentions, but it is not the only option for homeowners looking to exploit the sun’s energy. Nigel Parkes highlights the benefits of solar thermal and the variety of systems available.
Solar thermal is an excellent option for home and property owners to provide their hot water, with water heating accounting for around 25% of an average home’s combined annual energy bills.
A well designed and specified solar thermal system can provide an average of 60% of your hot water needs, which can rise to above 90% in the summer months when the days are longer.
Generally no planning permission is required (although planning permission may apply for conservation areas and listed buildings) to fit solar thermal collectors and retro-fit installation is just as simple as on new build properties. This makes it a very sensible, cost-effective solution for water heating.
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