Solar hot water systems: an essential for every eco-friendly home

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As we collectively become more aware of the need to switch to more environmentally friendly choices in our day-to-day lives, sustainable solutions to heating our homes and water are becoming increasingly popular. 

The good news is that in the long run, renewable energy systems can save us money on energy bills as well as doing the important job of lowering our carbon footprints. 

One excellent option for many homes is the solar hot water system. These systems harness the sun’s energy to heat water, offering a green and efficient alternative to traditional heating methods. But what exactly are solar hot water systems, and why should they be on every eco-friendly homeowner’s radar? Read on to find out more. 

What is a solar hot water system?

A residential solar hot water system uses solar panels which are installed on the roof of your house to absorb sunlight. This absorbed sunlight is converted into heat, which is then transferred to a hot water cylinder via a heat exchanger. These systems can meet a significant portion of a home’s hot water needs, especially during sunnier months.

We set up Lewington Renewable division in 2000, making us pioneers of almost 25 years standing in this ever-evolving area. This makes us the go-to local installers of solar hot water systems, who are best placed to advise on whether a solar energy hot water system is the best solution for your home. 

If you would like to discuss this with one of our expert team, please call us on 01858 433 333, or fill in our contact form

Benefits of solar hot water systems

Installing a solar hot water system can offer many benefits, including the following: 


One of the most compelling reasons to invest in a residential solar hot water system is the positive impact on the environment. By using the sun’s energy rather than fossil fuels, homeowners can significantly reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This switch to cleaner energy contributes to the fight against climate change and helps preserve natural resources for future generations.

Cost savings 

Solar hot water systems can dramatically reduce your energy bills. Since the sun provides a free and abundant source of energy, the cost of heating water is substantially lowered. Over time, the savings on energy bills can offset the initial installation costs, making it a financially savvy investment.

Solar hot water systems work at their optimum level when the weather is at its sunniest, but there is no need for wall-to-wall sunshine for a solar hot water system to work effectively and save you cash – good news for those of us who live in the UK! 

Low maintenance

Another advantage of solar hot water systems is the ease of upkeep. Generally, once installed, these systems require minimal maintenance. An annual check-up is usually sufficient to keep the system in optimal working condition and of course, this is a service that we are able to provide following the installation of your residential solar hot water system. 

Government incentives

While solar hot water systems are not part of the government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), currently there is no VAT payable on the cost of buying and installing a solar energy hot water system. This means that now is a great time to take advantage of this significant cost saving while it is still available. 

Property value 

Installing a solar hot water system for your home can make it more attractive to potential buyers. Increasingly, people are looking for eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes, and a solar hot water system ticks both of these must-have boxes.

Talk to us about your new solar hot water system today 

Think you may be ready to make the switch to a solar hot water system? The first step towards a greener future with the corresponding cost savings it can involve is to get in touch with us. We will be happy to discuss your solar hot water system requirements with you in more detail. Call us on 01858 433 333 or fill in our short contact form to find out more about making the change to this effective low maintenance source of renewable energy.