Reduce your carbon footprint and energy bills with a Solar Hot Water system
At Lewington Heating, we’ve been installing solar hot water panels since we first launched our Lewington Renewable division in 2000, 20 years on we have a Worcester Bosch Environment award for our work with renewable systems. We install solar heating panels, and we can also carry out solar panel servicing and repairs. Using renewable systems reduces your energy bills while protecting the environment, you can even get money back from the government for installing these sustainable technologies. In our opinion, it’s win-win!
“We’re really proud to be endorsed by Which as being a Trusted Trader. To become one of only a select few within our area is testament to our commitment to providing a friendly, efficient, and cost-effective service to the homes within the Leicestershire area.”
Solar water heating systems, also called solar thermal technology, use panels on your roof to collect the heat from the sun which is used to heat your water. Solar thermal can be used alongside a regular immersion heater or boiler, which will kick in when your solar supply runs out. The more water you can heat in this way, the less money you’ll spend on heating bills.
Solar water heating panels are installed on your roof. They capture the heat from the sun, decreasing the burden on both the environment and your pocket! In the summer, when it’s hottest, they can even become your sole hot water supply.
Whilst they are an investment to install, they will prove financially beneficial very quickly. Most homes use 25% of their total energy output heating water! Indeed, solar thermal technology can save you hundreds of pounds a year on energy bills.
Solar thermal technology works by passing fluid through small silicon or copper tubes that are attached to a flat, dark glass panel. This glass panel is attached to your roof, it traps the sunlight like a greenhouse. As the fluid passes through the thin tubing, it absorbs the heat from the panel. This hot liquid is then pumped through your hot water tank, giving you a renewable source of hot water for your home!
There are so many benefits of solar hot water panels, these include:
Those who invest in solar heating panels are eligible for the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. This scheme – which began in 2014 – entitles those who have certain renewable systems to seven years of quarterly cash payments for their investment in sustainable practices. You also pay a reduced VAT rate. Thanks to RHI, many Lewington Heating customers receive up to £300 a year income from their investment in solar thermal systems! Find out if you are eligible for RHI scheme, and contact us about a cost effective Solar hot water installation today.
The UK Government offers a variety of grants and financial incentives to encourage UK homes to swap to renewable heating systems.
Learn about the most recent and upcoming grants available on our funding page.
There is currently the RHI scheme which is due to finish at the end of March 2022.
The installation of solar panels and equipment on residential buildings and land may be ‘permitted development’ with no need to apply to the Local Planning Authority for planning permission. There are, however, important limits and conditions. You should discuss with the Local Planning Authority for your area whether all of the limits and conditions will be met.
Most likely, the solar fluid is fed through a secondary coil within your hot water tank to heat the water around, similar to how your boiler would heat.
Ideally you have a south / southeast facing roof to mount the panels with approximately 6 square meter of space. Flat roofs are an option with specially made mounting frames to create the perfect angle towards the sun.
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