How to get the best out of your solar water heating system

You can get more free energy from your solar system they will involve some modest adjustments to your style of living, but it will provide you with more free energy if you can follow these tips.
If you cannot follow these tips because of the way you have to live – do not worry – your system will still provide loads of free energy, but with fuel prices rising and energy becoming less affordable, why not make your thermal solar system work harder for you? It won’t cost you a penny more and will add to your savings and payback. Here are some simple tips.

 

Tip 1

 

Remember that your solar system collects energy in the day time and stores it. This means that if you can use the energy stored from the night before – by showering or bathing in the morning so that you empty some of the energy stored in your hot water cylinder, it will give the system the opportunity to replenish your hot water in day light. If you drain all the energy in the night time, it will take time the following morning to recharge the system.

 

Tip 2

 

If you have a hot feed to your washing machine connect it and use your washing machine a few hours after you have showered. Run the hottest programs on your wash cycle when the cylinder is full of solar heated water. You will save a lot of money even though the cylinder will store water at around 50 degrees Celsius and you might be running a boil wash program. The energy required to raise water from 10 degrees to 90 degrees is vastly more than the energy needed to raise water from 60 degrees to 90 degrees. You will save loads.

 

Tip 3

 

If you are using a solar system to heat your pool (and you should be – it’s a no brainer – put a pool cover on when you stop using the pool. The biggest heat losses from a pool are not from cold air cooling the water but from evaporation. A pool cover prevents a great deal of heat loss by evaporation and it is an important safety device if you have young children using the pools or pets in the pool area.

 

Tip 4

 

Most important of all, while you can see what your solar system is doing – usually visually from the controller box or by the dials on the pump station please do not try to adjust it yourself.  The settings have to adjusted by an expert and it will have been installed by an installer for optimum performance. The science of thermal engineering is complex and you will not be able to improve the settings.

 

Tip 5

 

It is not necessary, in the case of high quality solar panels, to have to clean them or service them in any way. It will not improve their performance.

 

You will enjoy your free energy from your solar system even more knowing that it has reduced your home’s emissions and pollution considerably.

2 Responses

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  2. I DISAGREE with this, do u think the BPEC trained engineers and STA memebers know exactly what they are doing on this?

    Please do NOT use complexity to scare off those people has interests in learning but teach them how to learn and gain the knowledge. otherwise, we will be the same as those profiteers like STA guys (who NOT done enough for the UK solar industry) “in business do NOT do education”

    Controller/Pump Station only has some typical functionalities,
    1) temperature comparison, pump activation
    2) show things graphically.

    temperature differential setup is important but not complicated. .

    – “Most important of all, while you can see what your solar system is doing – usually visually from the controller box or by the dials on the pump station please do not try to adjust it yourself. The settings have to adjusted by an expert and it will have been installed by an installer for optimum performance. The science of thermal engineering is complex and you will not be able to improve the settings.”

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