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Hi, I'm looking to install a water heater sola panel.
Has anyone put one in?
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Solar perhaps?
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Originally Posted by Lee25767
Hi, I'm looking to install a water heater sola panel.
Has anyone put one in?
Yes but what is it you are uncertain about?
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If it can be done and what size I would need really
Saigonjack, you try typing with these fat fingers!!
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Originally Posted by EsuriJohn
Yes but what is it you are uncertain about?
Whether it can be done and if the spanish government are still on about taxing it
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Whether it can be done and if the spanish government are still on about taxing it
I've seen loads around here so it's certainly possible.

Will they ever be taxed - who knows!
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Originally Posted by Lee25767
Hi, I'm looking to install a water heater sola panel.
Has anyone put one in?
Hi Lee.
Yes I know someone who has fitted one (the type that has an intergral tank & often seen on roofs) and they are very happy with it.
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done and if the spanish government are still on about taxing it
The OP asking about solar panels for water heating . That has never been taxed or will be. It is solar panels that generate electricity which have this problem.

We looked at solar water heating when we built our house but came to the conclusion that an electric water heater on a timer on an off peak supply was a cheaper option even over the longer term. If you have a large family or loads of guests then that might be a different issue but for just the two of us it was not an economic option.
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The OP asking about solar panels for water heating . That has never been taxed or will be. It is solar panels that generate electricity which have this problem.

We looked at solar water heating when we built our house but came to the conclusion that an electric water heater on a timer on an off peak supply was a cheaper option even over the longer term. If you have a large family or loads of guests then that might be a different issue but for just the two of us it was not an economic option.
Thanks for that Fred James. We aren't out there a lot so may leave it as it is for now and look into putting a timer on it
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Thanks for that Fred James. We aren't out there a lot so may leave it as it is for now and look into putting a timer on it
My neighbour installed a solar water heating system and thinks it was money very well spent. I think she paid approx €800. When my circumstances change, this will be a system I too will opt for.
At my old address we had an electric water heater. To begin the heater was on 24/7 as it was thermostat controlled. We changed it to a timer which was set to heat the water for only 2hrs each day, as electricity bills in Spain could solve the worlds debt in a single quarter!
Bizarrely, this made little to no difference to our electricity bill!?
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It's difficult to tell from your bills as there are too many factors involved.

I put a power meter on our heater, which shows exactly how many units you have used and it proved conclusively that there was a huge saving to be made by running on a timer, particularly in winter where the ambient temperature is much lower.

Combine this with a dual tariff and only heat on the cheap rate and the savings are even higher.
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Originally Posted by Fred James
It's difficult to tell from your bills as there are too many factors involved.

I put a power meter on our heater, which shows exactly how many units you have used and it proved conclusively that there was a huge saving to be made by running on a timer, particularly in winter where the ambient temperature is much lower.

Combine this with a dual tariff and only heat on the cheap rate and the savings are even higher.
Thanks for all your replays. Going back over in Feb so will look into a timer as we will only be over in the warmer parts of the year
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