Act now to have constant hot water for 90p a week
Summer officially starts this month as people dream of holidays, swimming in warm seas and staying in hotels with central heating and constant hot water.
But it is also a good time to install the latest technology into your home to give constant hot water from only 90p a week and central heating for around £5 a week from the sun, says green energy expert Ron Fox.
“Hot water costs will come down from around £400 a year to between £40 and £60 while central heating bills will be cut from about £800-£1,000 to between £240 and £300 a year,” said Ron, of Noreus Ltd on the University of Keele Science and Innovation Park.
The other advantages are that it reduces a householder’s carbon footprint; there is minimum maintenance; a five-year guarantee and the solar system never overheats or freezes.
Also it can be used to heat your home as an alternative to gas or oil central heating, energy sources which are subject to price fluctuations in the world market.
He added: “Although there is an initial outlay for the system it should pay for itself within ten years – or less, if energy prices continue to rise significantly.”
The aluminium systems, which can be fitted on preferably a south facing wall or a roof, provides hot water at 55 degrees centigrade 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, even if it is cloudy, raining, windy, frosty or snowing outside.
He said the system takes only about a day to install the solar system including the thermodynamic unit which can fit in a standard immersion cupboard or loft.
The big advantage to the home owner is that they don’t need to buy a new cylinder if the existing one can be utilised. However, a new and improved cylinder designed for the system can be supplied and installed if needed, or requested.
Ron said the system works like a fridge in reverse. The panel system absorbs heat from the atmosphere, and the refrigerant fluid is transformed into a gas.
It moves to the thermodynamic unit which compresses it into hot gas before going through a heat exchanger to warm the water in the nearby cylinder.
The gas then passes through a valve in the unit where it reverts into a fluid and returns to the outside panel to begin the whole operation again.
“We want to help householders reduce their energy consumption while improving their energy efficiency and the solar assisted heat pump or solar thermodynamic panels do exactly that,” he added.
“One of my customer’s children called it sunshine water and that sums up this system brilliantly,” he added.
For more details about heating your hot water more cheaply and other energy saving ideas, call Ron on 0845 474 6641 or go to www.noreus.co.uk