Solar thermal collectors
There are a lot of solar systems now available for heating domestic hot water, and most households are eligable for a government grant if you use an accredited installer.
This is perhaps the place to start if you want to save energy (after you've conserved as much as you can, of course!).
Most properly designed systems will save up to 70% of the cost of heating your domestic hot water, and it is worth choosing quality components that are more likely to be reliable over the long term. Solar collectors have come a long way since the early experiments with radiators working in reverse, painted black!
• Flat plate collectors can be integrated into the roof in a similar way to a Velux window or sit slightly proud
• Evacuated tube collectors are more efficient and so take up less roof space.
A typical system comprises collectors, usually sited on a south-facing roof, a twin coil cylinder (one coil for the solar system and one for a conventional boiler) and a control station. The cylinder will usually fit inside an airing cupboard and can be unvented (supplies mains-pressure hot water) or vented.
Contact us for more information about installing solar thermal collectors.