Do you know how solar panels work?, here we explain solar water heating details and advantages

How does solar water heating work?

Using heat from the sun to warm domestic hot water, solar water heating systems are often supported by a conventional boiler or immersion heater. 

Available under the UK government’s Green Deal scheme, the average cost of installing a solar water heating system is between £3,000-£5,000.


How do solar water heating systems work?


Collecting heat from the sun using solar panels called collectors, solar water heating systems heat up the water that’s stored in a hot water cylinder.

When solar energy isn’t available, or if you’d like your water to reach a hotter temperature, solar water heating systems can be used in conjunction with a boiler or immersion heater.


What are the benefits of solar water heating?


Once a solar water heating system is installed the benefits will include:


  • Reduction in cost of bills

Once your solar water heating system is up and running, the price you pay to heat your water will be reduced.


  • Lower carbon footprint

Helping to reduce your carbon footprint by lowering your carbon dioxide emissions, solar water heating system are environmentally friendly.


  • Hot water throughout the year

With solar panels working all year you’ll always have access to hot water.  


To generate solar electricity for your home, solar panels (PV) can also be installed.

For more information about Solar water heating visit the Energy Saving Trust website.

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