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Mr__Gus
Mar 23, 2022
In Wind Turbines
At time of writing the second scheme is crowd funding investors & at 54% filled, we were too late for Graig Fatha (the first singular W/T based in Wales) now the second, a batch of 8 to be located within sight of Trumps Turnberry golf course & resort) ..a much bigger group purchase filled with lots of folk like you & me. Anyone wanting to use my link, if they buy £1000+ worth of watts (generating from 2023 when built for a likely 25+ years) gets £25 off their electric bill & so do I (which I will invest back into watts from my end) All the details via the link (the slider is useful) So far our family has bought into1.586 kW of Kirk Hill 1.586 kW Expected annual generation 5,033 kWh to be wiped off our quarterly bill over the year(s) to come, hopefully more. Plenty of online discussion around for those who may contemplate it.
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Mr__Gus
Mar 23, 2022
In Heat Pumps
If Stoves & Solar don't sell ASHP then I'm sure grevl's would not mind me recommending someone who does (I was very impressed by the company when I initially rang them) Cooleasy (who also have a mirror site called "Heateasy" (because ASHP's do both after all) But first I'd recommend you buy the book (or wade through the authors thorough website at least) of John Cantor & get up to speed on things, they are not a perfect science, but are damned useful in the overall scheme of home heating. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Heat-Pumps-Home-John-Cantor/dp/1785007793/ref=sr_1_6?crid=20O4JRB5CKTWC&keywords=air+source+heat+pumps&qid=1648034300&sprefix=Air+sou%2Caps%2C219&sr=8-6
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Mr__Gus
Jul 06, 2021
In Electric Vehicles
Re-launched I'm going to link indirectly directly to the Scottish energy Savings Trust, but through HUKDeals so that some of you can scream or laugh at the various commentary.. https://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/intere ... 3#comments Here's the PROPER SEST link: https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/grants ... icle-loan/ Not just NEW but second hand! ..helps that scotland puts in "community chargers" for villages off the beaten track. Apparantly several members of the same household can utilise this scheme also, pretty straightforward & fast to get through. - New EV - up to £28k loan - Second hand EV - up to £20k loan - New Electric motorcycle - up to £10k loan - Second hand Electric motorcycle - up to £6k loan
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Mr__Gus
Jul 06, 2021
In Electric Vehicles
Wife picked hers up in march, since then she has covered close to 6000 miles (mostly work & paid per mile). Charging from home as much as possible on a granny plug, it is obviously far more preferable to paying supercharger (or other rates) so is a good "claw back" opportunity. We simply haven't needed to charge much on a supercharger, the 50kwh battery suffices for most days in the work from home covid experience of 2020-2021, ..granny plug is 2kWh 10 amps, some days wife will go to London suburbs somedays Milton Keynes, some days just at home & the school run, & all has been well. Charging percentile. Based on Mr Musks statement of "charge it to full, it enjoys it" with the new battery chemistry we are regularly going to 90% or higher as our standard rate of charge, the fact that we are trickle charging it as we do our Leaf (1st gen) which has not suffered noticeable battery degradation to date has us always thinking a 7 kWh install would be "convenient" but not really necessary. Drawbacks? ..more EV chats as the Tesla brand is very popular (not really a bad thing) We live in the countryside & TBH the tesla supercharger that opened up near us would have been enough at a push (pending societies further EV infrastructure installs). It is a BIG car (yup the 3) likely bigger than you need or want, but when appraising all the available uk options "all roads led to tesla". Range, not a problem, SR+ is the base model, everyone needs a break if hoofing motorway miles, but realistically if you are not doing a 250 mile per day round trip then the SR+ will likely be enough for all but the heaviest of foot to the floor drivers. Wife will use a supercharger about 1x per month now she is over the initial "wow factor" & had the home charging math put in front of her, this is especially relevant in light of UK govt putting VAT @20% on charging networks supply costs mid 2021. My wifes colleague drives a big audi up from the south coast several times per week, having talked range, mileage potential & per mile she's swapping over as soon as she can. Acceleration, not that you should be doing 107 on windy hilly country roads.. it does come surprisingly easy, the base model is no slouch (no modern EV is) ..more than good enough for getting out of that fast traffic junction, ..although the next step up if you really must get into a speed based p*****g match is yes, obviously faster, ..it is too easy to speed in a tesla. Autopilot (included standard one) Easy, & effective, though you may wish to curtail / adjust the "panic sensors" (warning chimes) for proximity etc according to your style of driving, Auto pilot is not fool proof, it's not hands free, nor meant to be. The auto lane change is very good & capable, top marks, might save us a few quid at the chiropractors long term. Access, the car is pretty low, whilst the drivers seat has an "easy access" & multiple driver position settings, the passenger front does not, ..our biggest gripe in a multi front seat passenger household. Typical driving returns 4 miles per kWh /250 watt hours per mile (country & motorway driving) metropolitan living may get you more of course, but that's what we aim for as bare minimum. Due to windscreen washer delivery it is very frugal with wiper fluid, lasts way longer (5x more than our skoda yeti) yet works incredibly well getting detritus off. Black (standard) interior & glass roof regularly raises inside temp to 37c (may/ june/ july 2021) we vent (via phone) the windows & blast cool air through all but the worst temps 45c for instance take about 2 mins (not unreasonable) to get down to a comfy 18.5c prior to driving, the octo-heat/ cooling ASHP unit is very efficient, standard to 2021 refresh models, (energy saver for the frugal). ASHP octo-pump is quiet (typically) it is not going to wake up the neighbours unless they nigh sleep on top of your car with the windows open. Being a nurse in a pandemic, my wife utilises the frunk for all the copious amount of masks gloves, aprons etc leaving the boot for our mess, that dual separation aspect will undoubtedly find favour with likeminded people. Stereo: standard one not that great to my ears but passable, somehow I don't think "more speakers" (included in the dual motor model & up) would impress me either though (coming from the audio industry) Does the touchscreen win / fail? VERY easy to use & adapt to (as is monitoring speed for the driver who is used to a bog standard dash display) ..the clear dash view over the front is a winner in our eyes (as short a*ses, that & the electric seat boosts help massively) Heated front seats? ..very, very quick to respond (also on the phone app) but do you really need the rear ones? (£300 to switch on) ..basically pre-heat should suffice most people. Bearing in mind the returns potential offsetting the cost of purchase if you are paid per mile, charging at home is as stated, very logical & frugal, if you have driveway / roof space then a solar car port could be a logical consideration to bang out a decent amount of solar charged road miles, several chargers (like the "zappi" & some rolec chargers) are capable of harvesting solar energy to your vehicle should it be at home on the driveway week-ends or through the week. Bear in mind that if you go this route there is often a subscription charge on top of an already expensive charger (govt mandate is now for all of them to be smart if from the EV subsidy scheme in England) rolecs "was" £100 for 3 years, there is also a lot of wasted standby current @500 watts per day, ..the price for convenience versus flicking a switch yourself 😂
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Mr__Gus
Jun 01, 2021
In Electric Vehicles
Just came across their "Njord" charger (spot the difference). https://www.ctek.com/uk/products/car/njord%C2%AE-go Free app (need to ask if there are charges) but nice & simple display of "energy in" & timed settings. Load balancing to increase / decrease energy in times of high home energy demand.
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Mr__Gus
May 20, 2021
In Electric Vehicles
We have granny charged both the Leaf & the Tesla model 3, mostly that does us ok, however for neatness & waterproofing a 7kWh unit is preferable, has anyone found a unit that they can flick the breaker easily in order to not widdle away hard won energy savings from elsewhere in the home. It's not been much of a problem with the Leaf on the basis of programmable charging hours, with the Tesla it is simply via the app (no timer, so if you forget ... potential doom) ..that could change overnight (if you are familiar with tesla software upgrades). Anyone done research on what the idle draw is across the various "offerings" able to offer some insight & recommendations?
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