We sell some great solar products, particularly suited
lighting for sheds, garages, stables and caravans. However we cannot
sell a full Solar Hot
Water solution online - it needs
professional installation. We can help you find the right installer
SolarPanelQuoter link on the left will take you to a
will give you leads for up to three vetted Solar Panel
installation companies that will operate in your area.
Is solar water heating suitable for my home?
For a solar hot water system you will ideally need three
or four square metres of south facing roof (southeast and southwest
will do) which is not shielded from sunlight by buildings or trees
(most of the day). The specific type of installation for your
home will depend on the size of your property, the type of water
heating you have presently, and how much money you want to spend on the
project. The installer will assess your requirements with you to
determine the appropriate setup.
Since April 2008 there has been no need to get planning
permission in England for most solar hot water installations on
dwellings as long as they are within certain
size criteria. If you are planning an installation on a
listed building or a building in a Conservation area, then planning
permission is still required. In Wales,
Scotland and Northern Ireland homeowners must consult with their local
regarding planning permission.
A typical Solar Hot Water system can provide you with about a third to
40% of your hot
water requirements. According to the Energy Saving Trust, the average
domestic system reduces C0 2
by around 325kg per year and about £65 a year of your hot water bills,
when installed in a gas heated home. Of course, as energy prices rise,
the savings rise too.
£ Saving per
saving per year
All savings are approximate and are based on the hot
water heating requirements of a 3 bed semi detached home.
The Department for Business Enterprise &
Regulatory Reform offers grants to reduce the cost of installing solar
hot water systems. Click here
for more information.
If you would like to have a quote for a solar