What is Solar Hot Water?

Solar hot water is the use of solar panels, also known as collectors, to collect heat from the sun during the day to heat water which is then stored in a hot water cylinder.

It's not a traditional form of solar power as it doesn't generate electricity, but is a solar energy source of heating your home.

There are currently two types of solar water heating collectors that you attach to the roof. Either a flat plate collector, which look like more traditional solar panels, or evacuated tube collectors which is a line of tubing attached together into one sheet.

Solar water heating provides your household with hot water throughout the year. It won't be a completely independent system though as it will need a boiler or immersion-heater through the winter months to guarantee you have hot water. But having a solar water system installed will definitely cut your bills and reduce your carbon footprint.

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