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    Will it pay off in the UK?

    With the increasing costs of utilities such as gas and electricity required to heat water, people are constantly looking for ways to reduce their payments for such services. Solar power is becoming an extremely popular way to reduce carbon emissions and cut the cost of bills. This is particularly evident in solar water heating savings, which can be obtained by the installation of solar panels.
    Solar panels work by harnessing energy produced by the sun and redistributing this energy, allowing solar water heating savings to accumulate. In essence, the solar panels allow water in a cylinder to be heated using nothing but energy collected from the sun, and as such, this provides free energy.

    Immersion heaters can be used to increase the temperature of water, however, during summer months the solar panels should produce ample energy and this should not be required. Due to this, solar water heating savings are most evident during summer months, although a reduction in energy costs will still be witnessed during the winter.

    The typical cost of installation for a solar water heating system is around £5,000, which may seem expensive to many of us. The best way to view the solar panels is as an investment; in the summer months hot water is provided near enough constantly with no costs, showing that eventually the solar water heating savings could potentially reimburse the installation costs.

    Another way that solar water heating savings can be achieved is through a government run incentive scheme called the Renewable Heat Premium Payment. With the increased pressure to reduce carbon emissions and find renewable energy sources, the government has concluded that people who are willing to switch to renewable energy sources should have some of the initial costs offset. People living in England, Scotland and Wales can apply to receive vouchers which cut down the initial costs of installation.

    Solar water heating savings may seem at first glance to cost a lot due to installation, however, the money that can be saved by the production of free hot water will cover the costs of installation and, after a while, save you money. With government run incentives to reduce the initial solar heating cost, there has never been a better time to switch to renewable energy and reduce your carbon footprint.
    Written by: Thorben Frahm, Editor uk.SolarContact.com