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  1. spon88

    Tesla UK T0 Tyre Directive

    OK thanks for checking. I got my Michelin CC+ from Costco and they did mention something in passing - 2 years ago! I ignored it and they fitted the tyres. It did strike me as a bit odd but I moved on and forgot about it. Be interesting to see if there is anything formal or if it's just some...
  2. spon88

    Tesla UK T0 Tyre Directive

    I'm keen to see what this is all about as I've had Cross Climate+ on my 2019 M3P (on 18s) for the last couple of years and they've been great. They've done around 14000 miles and plenty still to go. CC2 were my next target tyres so if there is something new that could affect insurance, then I...
  3. spon88

    Octopus Go tariff renewal

    I'm similar to you in that I do relatively few miles but run a busy home office with quite a lot of energy being used. So I've stayed on their variable tariff for now. We have solar and 19kwh of storage batteries going in later this year so at that point I will definitely be jumping on to one of...
  4. spon88

    Solar Panels UK - is it worth it?

    PM sent.
  5. spon88

    Solar Panels UK - is it worth it?

    I've increased the spec of my order recently to include more panels etc and I'm now up to £16.2k. For comparison purposes, for this I'm getting 25 panels on an east/west split, 5kw inverter, 2 x 9.5kwh batteries, Zappi, Eddi, Harvi, Hub and also a "full house" EPS so we can operate fully...
  6. spon88

    first time at an campsite electric pitch

    I camp when I'm mountain biking and find that the availability of campsite charging is variable. A lot of hook ups are 10A and you can (with permission) connect up and dial the car back to 6 or 7 amps. That's enough to put 30 or 40 miles in over night. However I'm up in Reeth in Swaledale next...
  7. spon88

    Tesla U.K. have closed all their front of house service teams and it’s absolutely baffling

    This would explain the dismal performance at Notts SC a few days ago. I went with 3 issues, water holding up behind a door seal, a personal request to change the 12V battery as it's approaching 3 years old (paid for - not warranty) and also to get the rear camera wiring loom done as it was part...
  8. spon88

    Solar Panels UK - is it worth it?

    I'm keen to get going but perhaps I was a bit optimistic when I said installed "soon". I'm waiting for some new GivEnergy gear to arrive and it looks like it may be August. So if my kit is in by mid Sept I'll have done well. Just in time for winter :(
  9. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    It's an east/west split - 14 panels east, 11 west. It's a good point though and I'm having it checked.
  10. spon88

    Solar Panels UK - is it worth it?

    Nice to see. I have 14 panels going on East facing and 11 West facing soon.
  11. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Yes, went the GE route. There is a wait for the new gen 2 batteries and inverter but I've factored that in. To give an idea, I ordered around 6-7 weeks ago, kit is expected August and I'm hoping for an install maybe Sept/Oct. I received the design for approval today and now waiting on the DNO...
  12. spon88

    Solar Panels UK - is it worth it?

    I'm in the fortunate position where I can afford a couple of PW if I wanted to. However, I went with a GivEnergy system on the basis that it gives me what I need for considerably less. The battery tech is arguably safer I'm advised (I'm installing 2 units indoors) and the facility to interact...
  13. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Hi Pete, I'm not actually in Spondon but I can see why you might have thought that given my forum name :) - I'm not far away mind. To be fair it was a problem getting a local guy, even after two seemingly promising visits where they didn't even bother sending a quotation. I'll send a PM with...
  14. spon88

    Intelligent Octopus

    No, no intention of disabling the app - if it works properly. Given I will be charging the car but probably less frequently than others, I don't see why that contravenens the ToU? If I then get the benefit of charging the batteries along with that, then all good and I suspect it's what many are...
  15. spon88

    Intelligent Octopus

    A quick question for IO users please as it's very likely the direction I will go following the fitting of solar and 19kwh of battery storage. I need the extended charging period to top the batteries up overnight. My question is in relation to the car charging which we only need to do...
  16. spon88

    How Far Away Does Your Phone Key Work to Unlock ?

    I posted about this back in 2019 having been inadvertently leaving the car unlocked for a couple of months, sat in the front room around 10m away. I've been turning Bluetooth off ever since. It did it with my old OnePlus 6 and still does it with the OP 9 Pro. I'm used to flipping BT on/off as...
  17. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    It's GE I'm going for. Rather than the full auto fail-over it will just be a couple of local double sockets for emergency use, at least to start. Apparently that's quite straightforward to do. Power cuts are very infrequent around here but if things decline (who knows given current events) then...
  18. spon88

    Survey Do You Need a UMC?

    I use the UMC quite regularly on camping trips in the UK and likely will on future road trips in Europe. I would need to buy one if purchasing new and I guess Tesla know that many will do similar. Sod handing it back!
  19. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    For comparison I'm paying just under 15k for a 7.9kwp solar array, 5kw inverter, 2 x 9.5kwh batteries, solar divert for water heating and a Zappi charger. Also an emergency power circuit in case of power cut (very rare where I live). Negatives of my system versus Powerwall is that it won't do...
  20. spon88

    Has Tidal been removed?

    Reboot. Disappeared for me but a reboot sorted it.
  21. spon88

    PPF and Ceramic coating

    I had Gtechniq HALO ceramic applied to mine a couple of years ago. Still looks very good and helps the cleaning. PPF can look a little less shiny than a paint surface but the ceramic sorts that. Protection wise it might help a little bit but it's the PPF which does most of that. Interestingly...
  22. spon88

    Intelligent Octopus

    We're upgrading to a Zappi as part of the contract. However, I'm minded to keep the "dumb" Rolec hooked up alongside to avoid any complications. We are not heavy users of the car, charging partially twice per week max. I need to run through the most sensible way to handle the car charging with...
  23. spon88

    Intelligent Octopus

    We have a power hungry home office but I guess this should be catered for in summer with an 8kwp E/W split array, plus charging batteries and running appliancies during the day. It's the darker months I'm trying to assess and it does seem like the IO tarrif will do the job for topping up 2...
  24. spon88

    Intelligent Octopus

    Just a quick question please for those using Intelligent Octopus as I'm about to press the button on solar PV and battery storage. I will either get 9.5kwh of battery storage or 19kwh and I need to establish if I can use something like IO to charge both batteries overnight in Autumn/Winter when...
  25. spon88

    Water collecting - passenger door sill

    Ah, thanks for that. Another service visit needed then :(
  26. spon88

    Water collecting - passenger door sill

    No secondary seal kit
  27. spon88

    Water collecting - passenger door sill

    Over the last couple of months I've noticed water starting to collect on the rear passenger door sill, driver's side. This happens after washing and heavy rain. As much as half a pint (ish) will collect and it looks like the seal on the bottom of the door is preventing it draining. It splashes...
  28. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Replied, cheers
  29. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Grateful if you could also share your supplier please. I've got a decent reponse from a good local guy (E. Mids) but need at least one more quotation for comparison purposes. Appreciated.
  30. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Hi, GivEnergy are on our short list and their reviews generally seem to be very favourable. Where have you seen the adverse commentary please as I'd like to evaluate further before making a decision. Cheers
  31. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Thanks all, very useful information to inform my discussions with installers. At least I have a clearer idea of the key questions to ask now. There are clearly additional complications with two batteries/two inverters and how to control that so I may also revisit the larger capacity single...
  32. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    We use an av of 25kwh per day, maybe a third of that in a busy home office with PCs, screens, servers etc. Peak would be when the kids run a 10.5kw shower and when the car is charging - the latter is irregular as we don't do a great deal of mileage. I'm busy trying to get a more granular view of...
  33. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Yes, I'd been given some verbal pricing which now appears to be a bit off. I'm still waiting to get firmer quotations and specs. I'd also been confused about ancillary items such as inverters. That said, GE still looks a lot more cost-effective and I may be able to stretch to two batteries on...
  34. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    I saw a comment somewhere that suggested a small increase on current prices. Not been able to validate yet though. I'll be happy to wait a few months with the solar going in first. That said, feedback from suppliers is slow all round at the moment
  35. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    No idea to be honest but thanks for the heads-up and that's another question for the installer. Incidentally we do need a split array as we are E/W facing - another decision is how many panels on each side. Lots to consider for sure.
  36. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Excellent - you may be hearing more from me :) That said, we don't travel a lot and so charging the car is not the top priority. We run a power-hungry home office so covering that and the usual domestic stuff will be the first call.
  37. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Thanks again. I'm starting to build a picture that suggests that 2 Givenergy batteries plus 2 inverters may be my best solution. More capacity, cheaper and potentially more flexible. Downsides appear to be separate app, no dedicated Tesla energy plan (although the beta Octopus plan looks...
  38. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    This is a key area where my lack of knowledge isn't helping! In opting for two batteries and two inverters I was hoping that I could double the output to give much more headroom, but I may be way off there. I can see that one inverter is quite restricted but what I don't know is whether two...
  39. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Oops didn't want to start a ruck. Apologies. Any additional guidance from those who may have looked at both options appreciated. Particularly anyone who has Givenergy installed and where it's running nicely. Cheers
  40. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    Indeed - particulary as I have limited experience, finding it a bit of a minefield and seeking the guidance of those who are much further down the track :) Did I see in another thread that you opted for the Givenergy route please? Cheers
  41. spon88

    Powerwall versus Givenergy batteries

    I know this is primarily a car forum but there is clearly a wealth of knowledge here on Solar PV and battery storage - so please forgive another post on this. I've read the comprehensive threads on solar and I'm now trying to decide whether to go Powerwall 2 (can't get the 3) or Givenergy. My...
  42. spon88

    Existing Rolec Wallpod:EV or New Tesla Gen 3

    My "dumb" Rolec is coming up 3 years old and never missed a beat. Not pretty but not too visible so I'm not worried. The older ones had a blue breaker and were a bit pants by all accounts. The newer ones (green breakers) seem to be fine and also have the required PEN fault detection on board I...
  43. spon88

    Solar Suppliers Derby & A Few Questions

    Excellent, another one on my list to check, thanks. I think that working from home and with the power-hungry office, solar could be advantageous in that we can likely use a good proportion of what we generate. Then stick the rest in the battery for back-up. With energy prices rocketing and...
  44. spon88

    Solar Suppliers Derby & A Few Questions

    We had considered moving but with the kids (almost) having left, we've decided to refurb and stay put. Lots of friends around here too. Our place is a typical, fairly large 1995 modern construction and I've been progressively upgrading the average [email protected] it was built with back then. Still plenty...
  45. spon88

    Solar Suppliers Derby & A Few Questions

    Really useful guidance, thanks all. I certainly need to do some further calcs if only to convince myself that it won't be a complete waste. I'm pushing out for a few quotations now and looks like the lead-time might be considerable. It's also renewed my focus on other things like wall insulation...
  46. spon88

    Solar Suppliers Derby & A Few Questions

    Cheers for that. I'm already finding that certain gear is quite scarce. Looking at our energy usage profile, I'm guessing that a decent chunk of our generation would be used during the day using an east/west split array. We run a biggish home office with servers, ups etc. I need to have it...
  47. spon88

    Solar Suppliers Derby & A Few Questions

    Thanks. Just called to get things moving. 2 week wait even for an an initial call-back but understandably they're ultra busy given recent events. Appreciated!
  48. spon88

    Solar Suppliers Derby & A Few Questions

    Excellent thanks. I'll start there. Presumably you were happy with their work?
  49. spon88

    Solar Suppliers Derby & A Few Questions

    Very useful thanks, some key points I wasn't aware off. It looks like I'm in the right ball-park at £20k so I'll push on with getting some quotations. Presumably there is a list of approved solar suppliers somewhere - I'm really keen to only use someone based on recommendation if possible. Cheers
  50. spon88

    Solar Suppliers Derby & A Few Questions

    Like a number of us I guess recent energy prices increases have pushed us from being curious about solar to actively wanting to pursue it if possible. I've read a number of useful threads on here but before I start to get surveys and prices, I have a few questions I'd appreciate help with...

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