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    Hi all any one know about s/panels ? for heating water
    Are they worth the money having them fitted And in this country is there enough sun ?
    The other thing the roof on my house faces east and west will they work on a roof like that
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    i looked into these and i decided not to.. the amount they cost and for what you get was not worth it... They needed to be angled to be more efficient and get better sunlight in this country. The ones on offer to the home user are the low tech ones.. I will not be staying in my house for the rest of my life so will not get my money back,,, plus they do not last forever, i think they have a lifetime of 20 years max...
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    My brother did a load of research on getting solar panels for heating and basically you wouldn't get the cost of the kit back in savings.

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    our gas fitter fit's them on a regular basis, if you have 7k spare for a half decent set up go for it, you may never have to pay to heat up water again....
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    Quote Originally Posted by ditchp View Post
    our gas fitter fit's them on a regular basis, if you have 7k spare for a half decent set up go for it, you may never have to pay to heat up water again....

    You might not have to pay for hot water again cos in reality you've just paid for it by approx. 20 years in advance lol

    I used to have to try and sell the stuff but wouldn't as I couldn't justify it to myself so there was no way I could justify the expense to someone else

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    I think they reckon the average home would need more than 15yrs to recover the costs.

    As for reducing carbon emissions to aid so called global warming, it's still one big hoax.

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    We're looking into this too, also insterested in doing the leccy. The newer designs are now shaped like slate roofing tiles so they blend in very well, dunno how long they last though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by izonoky View Post
    We're looking into this too, also insterested in doing the leccy. The newer designs are now shaped like slate roofing tiles so they blend in very well, dunno how long they last though.
    Don't forget they need to be kept clean at all times

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    Quote Originally Posted by izonoky View Post
    We're looking into this too, also insterested in doing the leccy. The newer designs are now shaped like slate roofing tiles so they blend in very well, dunno how long they last though.
    And being new technology are very expensive (a selling point on new builds though)

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    A friend of mine has them -he paid around 3.5K for the install, but he supplied his own hot water tank. He gets good hot water even on overcast days -his boiler was turned off all summer. He has 3 young kids, so the washing machine is on most of the time, and he's calculated the payback period at around 8-9 years. He used a small, local specialist rather than one of the big ripoff companies.

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