What Is the Difference between a Solar Water Heater and a Solar Panel?
We often think about solar panels when it comes to solar energy. However, another system is gaining more popularity nowadays and it concerns solar water heating. While the first one (solar panel) deals with converting the solar energy into electricity, the second one (solar water heating) is about using the energy of the sun to heat up your house. You, therefore do not use the two systems for the same purpose, but that does not mean you can’t have both! On the contrary, by doing so, you reduce your energy consumption and your carbon footprint massively.
How Does a Solar Water Heater Work?
You can install a solar water heater - also called a solar thermal panel - on your roof, as a solar panel, to benefit from an optimal position in order to capture sunlight. However, it can also be installed at ground level, as long as it receives the maximum sunlight possible due to its exposition. When done, the collectors contained inside the mounted panels will absorb the energy of the sun. In fact, this process is done by the sun heating the liquid located inside the collectors. When done, the liquid is pumped by a controller to the water tank. The water contained inside the solar water heating system is then heated up and available to use in the household. You then reduce your energy consumption as you only use the water heated by the energy of the sun.
What Are the Benefits of Installing Solar Water Heating Systems?
A solar water heater provides you with several incentives to change your consumption habits to a more responsible and eco-friendly ones. Here are the most important points that you should be aware of, when thinking about installing a solar water heating system:
- Get hot water in the whole household
- Reduce your carbon footprint: you produce a green and renewable energy by using the energy of the sun instead of fossil fuels
- Get eligible to the Renewable Heat Incentive earnings.
How Much Money Can I Actually Save?
Depending on the insulation of the building, the installation and usage of your solar water heating system, you can save up to £60 when switching from a gas heating system and £70 when switching from an electric immersion heating per year. Hereafter, you will be able to find a comparison of the savings when switching to a solar water heating system. However, keep in mind that you will have some installation costs to face when buying a solar thermal panel system. Those costs vary according to the size of your home and the need or the lack of such to buy a new water cylinder. Usually, it costs between £3000 to $5000.
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