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KatieMac Sun 05-Jun-05 18:51:00

Hi all does any one know anything about Sloar power

I'm thinking about using a system for hot water and combining it with a wood burner for winter ( and maybe running some radiators off that)

Does anyone have that sort of system? Is there a down side? How much do they cost? Is there a running cost? Who do I buy from?

Does the great MN communal brain know anything about Solar power?

misdee Sun 05-Jun-05 18:52:29

no idea, but would love to find out as well.

flobbleflobble Sun 05-Jun-05 18:53:21

I think it is worthwhile pre-heating your hot water with solar power then heating it more with conventional power - but to do any more than this the solar systems are very expensive to buy.

KatieMac Sun 05-Jun-05 18:55:46

I already have a wood burner which heats 3 rooms I would like to add a central heating pump to it and heat an additional 4 radiators - but I may have to get a larger wood burner.

I think combining it with Solar Power to really reduce my elec bills

misdee Sun 05-Jun-05 18:57:34

what about a wind turbine on your roof? costs approx £1500 (reduced to 8-900 with govt grants) and they can save approx £100 per annum of electricity bills.

jampots Sun 05-Jun-05 18:58:15

my best mate's dh works for BP Solar - I can ask her what the pros/cons are?

flobbleflobble Sun 05-Jun-05 18:59:16

Are the wind turbines noisy like wind farms?

misdee Sun 05-Jun-05 19:00:29

no idea. just read about them in MIL paper last week.

KatieMac Sun 05-Jun-05 19:02:05

Oh Jampots yes please

Misdee - I really fancy that but I don't think planning would go for it

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