Solar hot water info articles

This section will develop into a compendium of technical information on this topic - please let us know if you have information to contribute, and we will acknowledge you.

Decide whether solar hot water is right for you

First read our introduction to solar hot water. Maybe talk to other system owners, read books, attend courses, ask questions – get as much basic information as you can. Read more …

Do you need permission?

Do you live in a protected building? Is it listed, or in a protected area – a national park, area of outstanding natural beauty or a conservation area? Read more …

What size system do you need?

Think about how people in your house use hot water. Are they frugal? Do they use a lot? Are they wasteful? The more hot water the occupants use, the bigger your system needs to be. Read more …

What type of panels?

The choice is between flat-plate panels and evacuated tubes. Here’s what they look like. Read more …

Costs, savings & incentives

An average price for an installed system (including a new cylinder) for a family of 4 is around £4-5000, but there will be geographical variations, as labour can be cheaper in some parts of the country. Read more …

Installation

We are building a list of recommended installers, depending on what part of the country you live in. Read more …

Living with a solar hot water system

Typically, a system will consume a small amount of electricity to run the pump and controller – less than £10 per year. Read more …

Maintenance of your system

Most systems are pressurised (the solar system is pressurised, not necessarily the cylinder), so it’s a good idea to check the pressure gauge reading every now and then – say, once a quarter. Read more …

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