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Solar hot water panels will work for most homes in the UK. The facing, pitch angle and size of your roof area will determine which solar thermal system is the best for your home, it will also contribute to how much energy you’ll capture.
Yes, a solar thermal system does work in winter. However, it will be a lot less efficient than it is over the summer. For this reason, you will likely need to rely more heavily on your boiler, immersion heater or other backup water heating system as the solar thermal installation will not be contributing the same ratio of your homes hot water.
A solar thermal system works by harnessing is the sun’s energy and converting it into heat which is then transferred into your home or businesses heating system as hot water or space heating. Solar thermal panels are used in conjunction with a boiler, collector or immersion heater.
A properly designed and installed solar thermal system should last in excess of 25 years.
Based on the results of a field trial conducted by The Energy Savings Trust across a range of household and system sizes, these are the typical savings from a well-insulated and properly used system. Savings will vary from user to user.
Annual CO2 savings (kg/year)
You may be eligible to receive payments for the heat you generate from a solar water heating system through the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
You don’t need planning permission for most domestic solar thermal systems in the UK, as long as they aren’t too big. But exceptions apply for listed buildings, buildings in conservation areas and World Heritage Sites. If this applies to you, contact your council to see whether you need to apply for planning permission for your solar panels.
For optimum performance solar panels should be positioned South facing, however, not all roof orientations may allow this. In general, any position between South East & South West is suitable and will only reduce the optimum by up to 5%.
Solar thermal panels can also be mounted on an East & West elevation; this type of system will absorb energy both in the morning and in the afternoon as the axis of the sun or diffuse light moves from East to West.
The ideal pitch angle is between 30-40° which is the standard pitch of most roofs in the UK.
Solar thermal systems transfer heat from sunlight to a heat transfer fluid which in turn heats domestic hot water and can preheat the central heating. There are two main types of solar panel: flat plates, and solar tubes.
Solar PV is based on the photovoltaic effect, by which a photon (the basic unit of light) impacting a surface made of a special material generates the release of an electron.
Solar thermal, on the other hand, uses sunlight to heat a fluid (depending on the particular application, it can be water or other fluid).
Timber floors are on average only 19mm thick and air leakage creates a heat sink under the home drawing the heat out from below.
When adding extra insulation to your floors, the work must comply with the relevant building regulations for where you live. Effective Home can arrange this for you.
If you live in England or Wales, the floor should achieve a U-value of 0.25 W/m2K or less, if possible. The U-value is a measure of how quickly heat will travel through the floor. To achieve this standard, you will normally need at least 70mm of high-performance foam insulation, or 150mm of mineral wool, but this will vary depending on floor type, shape and size.
If you are replacing at least half of a floor then you have to insulate to these standards whether you planned to or not.
Effective Home will first carry out a check to see if you are eligible for ECO funding. Next we will arrange a free survey to ensure your property meets the ECO funding criteria. Once we complete the above process, we can arrange an installation date for your underfloor insulation.
Our easy process means we can turn around a qualifying application in less than a week, ready for installation.
The cost of underfloor insulation, depends on the size of the floor space and the cost of the materials, including any that you will need to fill the gaps between the floor and the skirting boards. For a typical 3-bed house, expect to pay around £795. You could also be entitled to free underfloor insulation through the ECO Scheme – we can help you with this, as well as getting you a quote.
Whether you are looking to upgrade your home or lower your carbon footprint, we can help. From making your first steps to sustainable living to the big leap to renewables, our teams are highly qualified with the expertise to making your journey effortless from day one. We’re a small company with a big heart – covering a huge area of the country – so you get a personal service with ‘bulk buy’ value. For peace of mind, our accreditations speak for themselves.
We are proud to be certified and approved by industry leading assessors, registration bodies and consumer watchdogs, including NICEIC, OFTEC, Gas Safe and Which?. You can see them all here.
Knowing we’re quality assured with these accreditations is reassuring for our customers. It gives you peace of mind that you’ve made the right choice in Effective Home. Every product and service we sell comes with its own guarantee – some up to 25 years – and an aftersales support service that is second to none.
Effective Home offers a choice of ways to pay for any upgrades to your home, including finance. Not everyone has the money set aside to pay for investments in renewable energy or ways to make their home more efficient. You’ll find details on our boiler, heating, home insulation and solar product pages – along with any relevant funding that may be available to reduce your costs, such as ECO Scheme or the Government’s Green Homes Grants.
You can see the areas we cover for heating, home insulation and solar energy solution here.
Our main HQ is in South Yorkshire – Unit 3, Crompton Business Park, Crompton Road, Doncaster DN2 4PA. We also have teams of engineers and installers based throughout the country from Newcastle down to Worcestershire.
Rest assured, Effective Home is following current Government guidelines and updating our working procedures to comply with current Covid-19 recommendations and as they change. All of our team – including surveyors, engineers and installers – are mindful of the 2m distance rule, carry hand sanitiser and are equipped with the correct safety gear for home visits.
When you book a survey, repair or appointment we’ll ask you if:
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we’ll work with you to assess your need for a home visit agreeing next steps with you.
We’ll prioritise emergencies and we may need to postpone non-urgent visits, like annual services, to a later date.
Before your home visit
On the day of your appointment, we will also call you and ask the same set of questions – this is important just in case anything has changed since you booked.
When anyone from Effective Home visits your home
Our engineers will be social distancing, so please keep a 2m radius of their work area at all times. Any Covid-19 questions? Call us on 0333 003 0703