You’re probably familiar with the concept of Solar heating. You use panels to absorb the suns rays in order to collect heat, which can then be used in your home.
This technology is a truly renewable energy source and a great way to reduce your bills and your carbon footprint. Its a long term commitment though as its not especially cheap to install and it will take around 8 years to pay for itself. It is also only suitable at the moment for heating the hot water in your home. You will need another heat source for heating your house. Normally this is a traditional boiler. But if you really want to cut your carbon footprint, and you have a large garden you could combine it with a Ground Source heat pump.
Solar remains, however, the most energy efficient way to heat water for your home.
You do need a roof and the portion of your roof that is south facing needs to be big enough to fit a solar panel.
The amount of panel you need will depend on how much hot water you need.
The panels absorb the solar rays and then use these to heat a hot water cylinder, this supplies it for use in your house.
There are 2 main panel types:
- Flat panel – A flat panel of absorber that collects energy
- Vacuum tube – Row of glass tubes that each contain a heat pipe that transport the heated fluid.
alternatively why not find out more about Domestic Combined Heat & Power:
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