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Plumbing Emergency: What To Do During a Flood

Welcome! My name is Sally. This is my blog about plumbing. I decided to start writing about plumbing after a very scary experience. I arrived home from work one day only to discover that a pipe burst in my home. When I opened the front door, I saw a torrent of water pouring down the stairs. I panicked and ran next door to my neighbour. Luckily, he used to work as a construction contractor, so he has a lot of experience in dealing with household problems. He helped me to turn off the mains water and helped me to mop up the mess. After this event, I decided I wanted to learn more about the plumbing in my house, so I went to a night school class.


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Solar Hot Water: A Closer Look

by Melvin Owens

The concept of solar water heating is not an entirely new one. This concept has, however, gained immense popularity in recent times due to the increasing need for environmental conservation more so with the ever-rising global temperatures.

If you are looking to invest in a solar hot water system, there are certain things you should know before you spend your money on such an investment. This article provides a closer look at solar hot water systems in order to make you more enlightened as you plan to make this big investment.

You Might Qualify for a Tax Relief

This is one of the reasons why solar hot water systems are considered an affordable option. The government understands that the upfront costs involved in the installation of solar hot water systems can be overwhelming. Therefore, tax reliefs are often provided to homeowners who choose to invest in solar heating systems.

Tax reliefs are provided in order to encourage the use of clean energy sources in both residential and commercial buildings.

You can get more information about tax reliefs for solar heating systems from your local council.

Thermal Panels Only Provide Hot Water

When looking to invest in a solar hot water system, a large number of people falsely assume that the system will also be able to power their electric appliances.

This is not the case. Thermal solar panels are designed to only provide hot water around your premises. If you are looking for a heating system that will provide you with hot water in addition to powering your electrical appliances, you will need to invest in photovoltaic solar panels.

As would be expected, these are more expensive than thermal solar panels that can only provide hot water. However, considering that you will get free electricity in addition to hot water, the extra investment in photovoltaic solar panels is worthwhile.

You Need a Backup Heating System

It is no secret that not every day will be as sunny as the last. Therefore, you might not be able to enjoy the benefits of solar hot water at certain times.

For this reason, you need to have a backup water-heating alternative for the not-so-sunny days. This will either be electric or gas-powered heating. In as much as you may still have to rely on electric or gas-powered heating sometimes, a solar hot water system will save you a lot of money in the long run. For more information, speak with a plumber about hot water replacement options.