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Investing in solar panels for your home can (quite literally) be worth every penny. But with so many suppliers out there, make sure you find a genuine expert to advise you on options and provide a reliable service.

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Reviewed by Anthony on 3/10/2018

Otis had great comms, was exactly on time and did the job with no fuss and to a high standard with little mess. Couldn't ask for more from a site like this. Would defo use again.

An experienced hand with Solar Thermal and Solar PV. Servicing and Maintaining existing systems including breakdowns and repairs. Swift personal service to keep your equipment in working order. My Solar journey started with enrolling on an MSc in Architecture and Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales lasting 2 years. From here I worked for a Solar Manufacturer (Thermal and PV) in Cambridgeshire for approx. 2 years and then went on to have my own small 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 Richard on 4/6/2018

Norman did an excellent job fixing a mysterious lack of circulation in our solar heating system and do a service. He came from quite a distance but was prompt and stayed a few hours to fix everything. He explained everything well and I thought that his charges were very reasonable. I would not hesitate to recommend.

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

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Reviewed by Linda on 20/12/2018

Explained to me what he needed to do, did the job quickly and professionally, no problems whatsoever.

Heating Engineering

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Reviewed by Kirstin on 5/12/2018

Paul and his apprentice attended our property to remedy the incomplete and substandard work left by another plumber. Both were highly professional and attentive. Wish we’d been in touch with Paul from the beginning, would use again and highly recommend.

We are experts in all the aspects of water services such as installation and maintenance, plumbing, heating, underfloor heating, bathroom fitting as well as interior and CADdesigns. A reliable plumbing and designing company with over 10 years experience

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Reviewed by Peter on 29/5/2018

I would definitely use Artur again. Very polite, professional & value for money. Thanks Artur Pete

I am a Part P qualified electrician with many years of experience and i can do all other kinds of work. I have an extensive knowledge of renewable technologies such as Solar PV and Heat Pumps. I'm experienced in heating and plumbing as well, surveys are free with no extra call out charge just parts and labour for the job.

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Reviewed by Alan on 30/4/2018

I would have absolute confidence in recommending Keith to anyone. He was very thorough and although he had to make a couple of extra trips to buy suitable parts he didn't increase his price. And a nice chap too!

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 Kevin on 31/12/2018

Jay arrived very promptly, really nice guy who knew his stuff. Very happy with the work he did, he gave me lots of advice and was very knowledgeable. I would 100% recommend this company. He came for a gas hob install but also installed my new boiler just in time for the new year, will be using them again for my boiler service. Also paid less than I was quoted!

we are a small family company offering a range of service at a competitive price and pride ourselves on customer service within the company we have over 20 years of experience within the plumbing and heating industry. we will offer a 2hrs call out service were we can we offer the following services plumbing central heating showers toilets boiler installation boiler breakdowns hot water cylinders cold water tanks emergency plumbing burst pipes gas appliances all our engineers are fully qualified and trained to the highest standards

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Reviewed by Andrew on 1/12/2018

I am very happy with the service and value offered. Would use again.

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Reviewed by Ros on 16/7/2007

Robert done a excellent job

We are a Gas Safe registered plumbing and engineering company based within the North West of England. We provide installations, repairs, services and upgrades with free, no obligation quotes and impartial advice. 24 Hour emergency call out available. £1Mil Public Liability insurance covered. Simply Business

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Reviewed by Michael on 20/9/2018

all good

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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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