Residential, Lyme Regis, Dorset

Project: Residential, Lyme Regis, Dorset

A homeowner in Lyme Regis, Dorset, is saving around £500 per year after fitting his house with solar thermal vacuum tube collectors.

The house, which is off-grid, was previously entirely dependent on oil for all its heating and hot water. In 2010, it was fitted with a Kingspan Environmental Thermomax 30 tube HP200 system installed with a Tribune 300L hot water cylinder.

The solar thermal system supplies up to 70 per cent of the family of four’s hot water needs year round, saving an estimated 800 litres of oil each year and reducing the property’s carbon footprint by around 2,150kg CO2.

The owner, Martin Young, advises “It’s a huge relief to be buffered against fast-rising oil prices, and we’re delighted both with the system’s efficiency and the savings we’ve made since we installed. 

“Prior to the installation I used to buy oil on a top-up-when-in-area system. Now I tend to buy in early summer when demand for oil and its price tends to be lowest, which has reduced our monthly oil bill by close to 40 per cent.

“And it’s not at all obtrusive.  Because our house has a series of south-facing pitched roofs we have discreetly tucked away the tubes in such a way that they are hard to see.”