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Multi-Trade, the sensible choice for Solar panel installation and supply for heating your home in London. We can priovide free advice, some guidance and a no obligation quotation for you solar panel heating project in London. Call us on 020 8798 9250.

Solar heating - in the UK?

Well, solar panels will supply heat or create electricity even in cloudy and broken sunshine - which is pretty much all we're likely to get in the UK. However, the UK receives 60% of the solar energy that you get even at the equator, so solar panels are a real option in the UK. Generally solar panels work best from March to October but they will make a power contribution even in the winter sun.

What type of solar panel is best for me?

Solar panels come a variety of types and systems. From evacuated solar tubes and flat panels to PV electric solar panels, the choice depends on your budget, location and requirements. We offer a free consultation and quotation service. And as we're not tied to any manufacturer, we can give you clear, unbiased advice on which is the best solar solution for your property.

Flat solar panels

Flat solar panels are designed for heating and often chosen because they can fit onto a roof. The panels transfer heat to a solar hot water cylinder. The cylinder itself can be placed in an unobtrusive place such as an airing cupboard. The cylinder then stores the hot water that has been produced during the day by the sunlight, ready for use when you need it.

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Evacuated tubes

Evacuated tubes are designed for solar heating. They are the most efficient solar energy collection system. Vacuum flask tubes collect heat from the sun. The heat is transferred to a super-efficient hot water tank. In the winter this helps to keep hot water in the tank in conjunction with a conventional heating system such as a condensing boiler or Megalow system.

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PV solar panels

PV or Photovoltaic solar panels are different from solar heating panels as they generate electricity which is stored in a battery. It then supplements the electricity you receive from the National Grid. At times when surplus energy is produced, this will be sold back to the National Grid and you will be credited. Unless you are putting a 50ft wind turbine in the garden, however, don't leave your day job!

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Solar panels for swimming pools

Solar panels are a great way to heat a swimming pool. In fact heating that volume of water with any other method is an expensive business. Even in the UK, where you need heating in the pool, solar heating can make a valuable contribution.

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What are the benefits of solar heating?

  • You can reduce your heating bills by 70% to 90% in the summer
  • You can reduce your heating bills by 25% to 30% in the winter
  • On average this equals approximately 50-75% reduction annually
  • You can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by anything from 400 to 750kg per year
  • You can increase the value of your property
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Open and honest pricing

We pride ourselves on our open and honest pricing - there are no hidden charges and we even charge in 15 minute intervals after the first hour. You won't find many Plumbing companies with a pricing policy like that! Take a look at our pricing list for a guide on how much you can expect to pay. For larger projects such as new combination boiler installations and supplying central heating systems, we can provide you with a fixed price and what's more, the quotation is free!

Hourly rate pricing

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 Border
Plumbing servicesPlumbing services £80.00 per hour £100.00 per hour
Gas servicesGas services £90.00 per hour £110.00 per hour
Commercial Gas servicesCommercial Gas services £150.00 per hour £200.00 per hour
Electrical servicesElectrical services £80.00 per hour £100.00 per hour

Fixed rate pricing

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Gas safety reportGas Safety report £80.00 for up to 2 appliances £100 for up to 2 appliances
Gas safety reportGas Safety report - Extra appliance £40.00 per appliance £60.00 per appliance
Boiler serviceBoiler Service £80.00 £100.00
Boiler serviceCommercial Boiler Service POA POA
Comercial boiler certificateCommercial Gas Certificate £150.00 £200.00
Commercial Gas servicesCommercial Gas Services Discounted rates for contract customers Call for multiple boilers
Boiler replacement quoteBoiler Replacement quote Free Free
PowerflushPower flush From £450.00 (for up to 9 radiators) N/A
DeliveryParts delivery / collection £30.00 £30.00

Landlord's pack (includes Electrical Safety Certificate / PIR, plus a Gas Safety Report - these documents are usually required by landlords who rent their properties out)

Border Service Price - 08:00 to 18:00 Price - 18:00 to 22:00 and Saturdays Border
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack (upto 3 bedrooms) £250.00 £300.00
Electrical servicesGas servicesLandlord's pack per bedroom £50.00 £75.00

Points to note:

  • All prices exclude VAT
  • Hourly rate charges are billed in 15 minute intervals with a minimum charge of one hour
  • All prices exclude congestion & parking charges (unless a parking permit for the duration of the visit is provided)
  • All prices exclude costs for materials
  • Gas or safety certificates cannot be issued until payment is made in full
  • Quotations are free of charge as long as you let us know of your decision within 14 days of issue. If you do not inform us of your decision, an administration charge of £25.00 will be levied. You can inform us of your decision using the link in the quotation e-mail or Call us on 020 8798 9250 quoting your reference number

Delivery charges

  • Where possible we carry spare parts
  • However, this is not always possible with 1000's of different makes of boiler on the market
  • If the part is delivered and installed on the same day of the appointment, collection is charged at the hourly rate
  • If the part is collected and installed any other day, there is a fixed £30 delivery charge
  • The time to install the part is charged at hourly rate

TestimonialWhile we were having our roof extension, we thought it would be a good idea to investigate the possiblity of installing solar heating. We rang Multi-trade and they sent someone the same week. I was very impressed with the representative. He was very knowledgeable. But what most impressed us was his honesty. He didn't make any outlandish claims. He told us that it would take several years to get a return on our investment and would would reduce our fuel bills by 30% at most over the year. But that was good enough for us and we went ahead. The work was done quickly and efficiently. The panels themselves look great. We think they'll be an asset when selling the house. And in actual fact we are getting around a 40% reduction in heating bills. So, we're very happy. And we would have no hesitation in recommending Multi-trade when it comes to getting solar heating installed.

Judith Brett, London

TestimonialI would just like to say how happy I am with the panels. They look brilliant on the roof!

Kimberly Horner, London

The Multi-trade difference

There are plenty of companies out there competing for your business - and you need to make sure you're armed with all the facts before you make a decision about which one to choose. Here are a few things to check before you decide - we're confident that if you're looking for great service you'll choose Multi-Trade!

  • Does the company or tradesperson you're considering offer free quotations?
  • Do they offer an open and honest pricing structure with no hidden costs?
  • Are their engineers registered with Gas Safe?
  • Remember - it is a legal requirement when working with gas.
  • Do they have a contactable office, not just a mobile in case of any queries?
  • Does anyone answer the phone in the day?
  • Are their tradespeople honest, reliable, polite and vetted?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'no' then give us a call - we can confidently answer 'yes' to all of these questions. Not sure? Check out our testimonials page to see what some of our previous customers think of our customer service!

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