There are three principal components to a Solar Thermal installation; solar panels ( known as collectors ), a heat-transfer system, and a hot water storage cylinder (or in many cases a thermal store).
Your Savings Begin Immediately!
As a Solar Thermal installation from Macfarlane Heating can provide a significant proportion of your domestic hot water, savings on your energy bills are not only considerable but they are immediate.
Here’s how the savings and the benefits work.
Following a thorough, professional survey by Macfarlane Heating Services, solar collectors are attached to the most appropriate area of your home that will allow for the sun’s energy to be fully maximised.
During daylight hours, the solar collectors warm a heat-sensitive liquid (typically a non-toxic, food-grade propylene glycol) which moves slowly within the pipes. When the liquid is hot enough, it flows down from the roof collectors and into a heat-exchanger within your home. The heat-exchanger then transfers the heat from the specialised fluid to your domestic hot water system. The liquid NEVER comes into direct contact with the hot water for your home. The specialised fluid is then circulated back to the roof solar collectors to heat up again.
Meanwhile, the heated water that has been produced in the heat-exchanger is kept warm in a large, insulated storage cylinder tank so that even a morning shower can be solar heated from the previous day. In winter, the water is warmed further within the storage cylinder and held for later use.
Your current hot water cylinder will need to be replaced with an upgraded version that is suitable for solar water heating. This cylinder replacement, however, should not affect your existing boiler and heating systems as most conventional systems are compatible with solar, or thermal, water heating.
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Government Funding Helps You Get the Benefits Straight Away !
To help you meet the cost of a Solar Thermal installation, Government funding is currently available through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment. Additionally, the Renewable Heat Incentive which is a FIT ( Feed-in-Tariff )-type payment scheme, is due to be introduced during the autumn of 2012.
Both payment schemes will be made available to customers now but they will only be paid on Solar Thermal systems that have installed by MCS-accredited installers, so make sure that you qualify by contacting Macfarlane Heating Services.
Investing now in a Solar Thermal hot water heating system from Macfarlane Heating Services will generate clean, environmentally-friendly energy that will heat up to 60% of your of domestic hot water requirements for you and your family for many years to come. And once installed, this on-going hot water generation will cost you nothing further – not only is energy from the sun totally free, you will continue to benefit from significant savings on your energy bills for the foreseeable future
Microgeneration Certification Scheme
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is an independent certification scheme designed to certify microgeneration products and installers in accordance with consistent standards. The scheme was launched by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. The primary aim of the MCS is to provide consumers with confidence and protection in this energy supply option by guaranteeing that microgeneration products and installers who carry the mark meet, and will continue to meet, robust quality standards.
The MCS mark guarantees that Macfarlane Heating follow a code of practice that meets the guidelines set by the Office of Fair Trading Consumer Code Approval Scheme.
Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd
The REAL Assurance Scheme was set up by the Renewable Energy Association. It aims to guarantee a high quality experience for consumers wishing to buy or lease small generation units for their home, for a community building or for a small business. REAL membership is a sign that the supplier has agreed to abide by the high standards set out in their consumer code. The REAL logo is a symbol of professional excellence. There is a Supervisory Panel whose role is to oversee the Scheme.It is chaired by an independent consumer representative, Dr. Gill Owen. A majority of the panel members are independent of the industry. All the panel members are dedicated to representing the greater good of the sustainable energy industry rather than any individual sector within it.
We are listed members of who have signed up to the REAL Assurance Scheme Consumer Code.
For more information about the Renewable Energy Assurance Scheme visit www.realassurance.org.uk
The GAS SAFE register replaced the CORGI register in Great Britain in 2009. The GAS SAFE register is run by Capita Group PLC and the yellow “GAS SAFE TRIANGLE” replaces the CORGI registration badge.
Our company and its engineers are registered with GAS SAFE to carry out work on mains gas installations and appliances safely and legally. Our registration number is 5177 and all of our engineers carry “Gas safe register” ID cards which will be offered for inspection.