Renewable heating systems are not a new concept - the technology is well advanced and has been proven to help homeowners reduce their energy bills, as well as helping individuals to reduce their negative environmental impact.
Solar heating systems are sometimes confused with solar photovoltaic systems (PV), which generate electricity. Solar heating systems use solar thermal technology to transform energy from the sun into low-cost and environmentally-friendly energy that is used to heat hot water for your home.
These systems are typically used along with a conventional boiler or immersion heater to make the water hotter, when required, or to provide hot water when solar energy is not available. For many households, solar heating systems can provide as much as two-thirds of your hot water needs.
Here are five reasons you should consider installing a solar heating system:
1. Save money
The costs of energy are on the rise, and are expected to continue creeping up. The most obvious reason to invest in a solar heating system is to reduce the cost of your household bills. By using solar energy to heat your home, you could reduce your utility bills by up to 70%. Once your new solar thermal system is installed, your heating and hot water costs will be significantly reduced.
2. Help the environment
Solar heating systems use natural energy from a sustainable source to generate heat and hot water for your home. This means you reduce your use of fossil fuels, which reduces the amount of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere, and as a result means you are reducing your carbon footprint.
Today, more than ever, we are acutely aware of the effects of climate change and of our impact on the environment. Most of us want to ensure that we cause as little environmental damage as possible to help protect the future of the planet.
3. Low maintenance costs
Most solar heating systems come with a five-year or ten-year warranty, and they require little maintenance. Your installer should leave you details of any routine maintenance checks that you need to be carried out occasionally to ensure the system is working correctly. It is recommended that your system is inspected by an accredited installer every 3-7 years, or as required.
4. Added value
Installing a solar heating system can increase the value of your home. Studies have found that the extra value is typically greater than the cost of the solar system installation.
5. Grant-aid is available
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) offer up to €1200 towards the cost of installing a solar thermal system to all homeowners, including landlords, whose homes were built and occupied before 2011. For more information, visit: www.seai.ie/grants/home-energy-grants/solar-water-heating-grant/.
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