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An experienced hand with Solar Thermal and Solar PV. Servicing and Maintaining existing systems including breakdowns and repairs. My Solar journey started with enrolling on an MSc in Architecture and Energy Studies at CAT (the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales) lasting 2 years. Then working for Solar Manufacturer "Viridian Solar (Thermal and PV) in Cambridgeshire for approx. 2 years! And then my own business! Installing Solar PV and Thermal for a further 3 years until policy changes effected domestic installations of PV. Now focused on repairs and maintenance of predominantly Solar Thermal; In keeping with my experience in Technical Support for a Solar Thermal Manufacturer and Experience as an Installer!

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Reviewed by Brian on 12/7/2019

Norman was very knowledgeable about the solar water heating system, and was able to test the system as well as refill with fluid. The job was efficiently done in a short space of time, and my system now works beautifully. No drama, no mess, job done - would recommend to others.

Friendly reliable plumber. Fully qualified and insured. I undertake all aspects of plumbing work.

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Reviewed by Tina on 22/3/2019

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Heating Engineering

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Reviewed by FRANCES on 25/6/2019

Paul arrived on time,he was quick and efficient fitting my gas cooker...he also has more qualifications under his belt.I would recommend Paul to my friends and family.

Committed to providing you with an excellent service, so you always choose us for your installation, service and repair needs.

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Reviewed by Gary on 23/7/2019

Very nice chap got the job dune in now time.clean and chatty .all round good work

Trust is everything At Warm Sure Heating, we understand being trusted with ensuring your home is warm with no leaks is a big responsibility. That’s why with every task we face, we approach it as if it was our own home. Having worked in new builds and existing homes, we’re proud to have been the solution for so many households. Over the years we have listened to our customers and have continued to improve our service so you won’t have any nasty surprises like some of the stories we’ve heard about our competitors. At Warm Sure Heating we have the skills and experience to guarantee your work will go without a hitch from start to finish. We will advise you on what needs to be done and how we’re going to do it giving you piece of mind on your project regardless of what the job is. Customer service is something we care passionately about at Warm Sure Heating – and always have. Our unparalleled attention to customer satisfaction ensures you’ll always experience service quality that’s the envy of the industry. Why choose Warm Sure Heating? Reliable and punctual… we believe that’s just being respectful and goes without saying. We pride ourselves on offering you an outstanding, affordable installation, maintenance gas, heating and plumbing service not just to our surrounding areas but to the whole Uk. We’re friendly but professional which is reassuring when having tradesmen in your home. Wide range of services which include gas, heating, electrical, building work, plastering and much more. We also specialise in domestic electrical installations. We are NICEIC registered and listed on the UK electrical safety register. We pride ourselves on the ability to deliver a high quality service at an unbeatable price. We won't be beaten on price! Experience a Clean & Tidy As We Go Policy Busy life, don’t worry well contact you and arrange a suitable time so you’re not waiting in vain. Highly competitive and flexible pricing Flexible finance available Will beat any written like-for-like quote Gas Safe Registered NICEIC approved contractor

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Reviewed by Elle on 6/10/2019

Came out within an hour. Fixed the problem and also did a few maintenance jobs since in my rental properties. Will continue to use.

Hello, I am Pavlos and working as Plumber the last 14 years.

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Reviewed by Eddie on 6/2/2019

Really polite and professional couldn’t do enough to please would highly recommend

Happy customer - happy builder. Doing mostly all the jobs from foundations up to the roof. prices negotiable. Kingston and arround.

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Reviewed by Tristram on 2/6/2019

Tomas was an excellent communicator and attended to all questions promptly. We will be using him for a second phase of work in the next couple of weeks!

PERGEGA Plumbing is Family business newly established firm we provide a wide range of plumbing & gas safety register,& central heating throughout London area and outside London. All our qualified tradesman have been providing expert plumber service and care for over 15 years in this industry. don’t hesitate to ask anything about plumbing Thank you for your time Call out fee is £69 for first hour

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Reviewed by Elizabeth on 16/8/2019

Great job

Fully Qualified and experienced Plumber offering a reliable service. References available.

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Reviewed by Ruth on 9/4/2019

I found Abed to be reliable, polite, efficient, helpful and affordable. I was very satisfied with his work sorting out my bath taps and waste and giving me helpful advice. Highly recommend.

Bsure boilers and bathrooms is a family run business. We have been gas safe registered for over 30 years. We offer our customers a friendly and reliable service! We offer reasonable rates and free quotes. We carry out boiler replacements, servicing and repairs, pressurized hot water tank installation, landlord certificates, bathroom and wet room installations and lots lots more. Check out our website for deals @ bsureboilers.co.uk We look forward to hearing from you

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Reviewed by Steve on 30/3/2019

Thanks Mark for the quick response and fantastic work! Totally recommend Mark to anyone

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Solar panel installation specialists - what you need to know

The last decade has seen the number of homes with solar panels rocket, making them a common feature across our urban landscapes. In fact, over half a million homes in Britain now have them, and it’s easy to see why. Solar panels generate energy for your home, allowing you to do your bit for the environment, save on your electricity bills, and even make some money in the long run.

While this sounds like a no-brainer, you’ll need to do the sums to see exactly how your investment will pay back over the years. An expert energy installer will tell you what type of solar panels meet your needs and install the right system for your home, allowing you to start reaping the rewards from solar energy.

Cost of solar panel installation work

The cost of solar panels themselves has fallen in recent years due to cheaper manufacturing and higher competition within the solar tech market. So there’s never been a better time to invest.

That’s not to say this isn’t a considered decision, though. The installation of solar panels is still going to set you back several thousands of pounds, and the final figure will depend on the size of the system, as well as the quality and brand of the panels you choose.

The number of occupants in your home will be the main steer for the system and kWh required, but you should also consider other factors, such as the size of your roof and whether it’s south-facing.

Typically, you can expect to pay the following:

  • 14 m2, 2kWh: £3,000-£4,000
  • 21 m2, 3kWh: £4,000-£6,000
  • 28 m2, 4kWh: £6,000-£8,000

What types of solar panels are there?

There are a few different options available for solar panels. The most common is the monocrystalline or polycrystalline system. A familiar sight on many roofs, these are the blue or black photovoltaic solar panels, with a layer of glass covering them, and they’re usually mounted on an aluminium frame. They’re also the most efficient solar panel system for domestic use.

Despite their popularity, some still consider these solar panels a little ungainly. For those concerned about appearance, thin-film solar panels can be a more attractive option. These have a sleek finish and can be fitted directly onto many surfaces. Or, you can opt for solar tiles, which actually replace an area of existing roof (matched its style). While these options might be prettier, they’re more expensive and less efficient.

Out of all the options available, many people opt for traditional photovoltaic solar panels because they boast the biggest financial and environmental benefits. These perks include:

  • Electricity savings. Generating your own solar energy means reduced electricity bills. The level of this saving depends on the size of your system, volume of electricity use, and when you’ll be using it. If you can use electricity during the day when the panels are most efficient, you’ll save more (as less is needed from the grid).
  • Feed-in tariff. This is a payment from the Government for all of the energy you generate. This tariff is income tax-free and paid quarterly by energy suppliers. It’s guaranteed for 20 years and is index-linked, therefore rising with inflation. The rate varies depending on the size of your system.
  • Export tariff. You’re paid for any energy that you don’t use, which is sent back to the grid. The rate is set at 5.03p/kWh.

How do solar panels work?

All three options fall into the same category, and that’s photovoltaic solar, or PV. This means they produce energy from sunlight, which is then used to power lighting and household appliances.

There’s also another type of solar panel which serves a slightly different purpose. Solar thermal panels use the sun’s light to heat water for your house, allowing you to cut down on heating bills. However, this type doesn’t produce electricity, which is where the Governmental incentives are focused.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Both the installer and the system will need to meet the standards of the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Your installer should provide a MCS certificate upon completion of the work. You can then use this to apply for the Government’s schemes with a licensed energy supplier.

Planning permission for solar panel installation jobs

Generally, you don’t need planning permission to install solar PV systems. However, there are a few exceptions, such as properties in conservation areas, those that are listed, and for homes with flat roofs. You may need to get approval from the council, so check with your local authority.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

A reputable energy installer should have public liability insurance to protect against any accidental damage. Many will also opt for professional indemnity insurance to cover any guidance on design and financial advice regarding renewable energy.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Are they MCS accredited?
  • What brand of solar panels do they recommend?
  • Will the system have a warranty?

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