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  1. phil4

    For Octopus customers

    No, their prediction/tracker is broken. It shows Jan as 12p, whereas the price was 6/7p as shown in the history here: Octopus Energy latest Tracker prices for Southern England And it continues to show ~12p for Feb, when every day so far it's actually been 6/7. In addition their predicted days...
  2. phil4

    For Octopus customers

    on the FAQ page at the top: The Government’s Energy Price Guarantee (EPG) offers a 33.43p / kWh discount against your electricity unit rates, and a 6.7p / kWh discount against your gas unit rates. The EPG discount will apply whenever Tracker unit rates go above the base EPG level (34p / kWh for...
  3. phil4

    For Octopus customers

    This goes back to 1st Jan: Octopus Energy latest Tracker prices for Southern England
  4. phil4

    For Octopus customers

    It appears you don't as such. Once on the tracker there's a forecast, but not sure it's upto much:
  5. phil4

    For Octopus customers

    I think whoever told you that hasn't a clue what they're talking about. That or you don't have a smart meter. Otherwise what's the point in saying "Every day, we update the price of your energy based on an independently published wholesale market price" the very second thing on the Octopus...
  6. phil4

    For Octopus customers

    The tracker isn't an average. Each day, they take the wholesale price for that day, apply a formula that adds admin, profit, network costs... and that's the price you pay for your use on that day. Tomorrow it's all done again. So every day is a different price. Today it could be 7p, tomorrow...
  7. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    IO is a beta tarrif, so they probably won't offer it in an email etc. However if you go here: Intelligent Octopus and click sign me up, you should be able to join it easily enough. As stated above, it wins out when either you're doing a lot of charging, and/or you can shift a fair bit of...
  8. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    I don't disagree with you. I was merely answering the question as to what it meant.
  9. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    In the app you have a device... car or charger (for most of us, it's car). If you go into your profiles and select devices and select Intelligent Octopus at the bottom are two two options, Reconnect Device and Disconnect Device... this is what that's referring to. If you Disconnect the main...
  10. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    It should be fine. I setup IO at first when I only had 1 tesla, all fine. Then other half bought one and added me. All worked fine. Then I removed my car from IO, and re-added it (as changed charger), and got the error you mention, because I've got two tesla. So I created a new Tesla...
  11. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    1) Nothing, their T&Cs say you need to let them control the charge at least once per month. I don't know if they enforce that. The rest of the time, do as you please and you'll still be within the T&Cs 2) As above, yes, provided you allow them to control the charge once per month. But not...
  12. phil4

    Solar Panels UK - is it worth it?

    This won't apply to everyone, but possible extra costs for going over and above the extra panels are: - Scaffold - Either optimisers/microinverters and their extra cost or - An extra inverter - All associated extra wiring, isolators, checks etc. - Bird extra proofing if used. Just off the top...
  13. phil4

    Solar Panels UK - is it worth it?

    Sorta... you're comparing a 4kWp system (lets say 10 panels). If you fit 5 on the east and 5 on the west you'd still get 15% less than 10 on the South. But if you fit 10 on the east and 10 on the west, you get 70% more, but you've also fitted 20 panels, not 10, and all the extra cost that goes...
  14. phil4

    Polestar 2 updated

    Prices don't look quite as competitive any more.
  15. phil4

    [UK] Price cuts

    I was just about to look at getting a new M3P to replace mine, as it'd be a tiny bit cheaper on the monthlies. Then I remember they don't have parking sensors, and don't have a software solution yet, so no interest from me really.
  16. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    Oh dear. I've changed charger (my tesla wall charger has broken), so seeing no way to change my options, disconnected my car. Cue a few minutes of panic scrolling as I couldn't see any way to add it back, and then found it. Added the car, the charger, it spots I'm on IO, and gives me a button...
  17. phil4

    Tritium to deliver 10,000 EV DC fast chargers to the UK by 2030

    We need so many different ways to suit all sorts of requirements. People who charge from home want large charging hubs enroute to their destinations. People who can't charge at home want slower chargers in every carpark they ever use, supermarket, pub, gym, work, shops etc. And there'll be...
  18. phil4

    Charging from socket permanently

    I did for many months when I first got my car, it never caused any problems. That said, just make sure you periodically firmly push the plug into the wall socket now and again. Loose connections will warm up and make themselves worse over time.
  19. phil4

    Testing My Nearest 10 Electric Car Charge Sites - Uh Oh!

    We defo need a mix. Round here they've got some 50kW chargers in a central carpark, they're there to provide charging overnight for those without home charging/parking, and have a charge rate (cheaper at night) to help. But the government really should crack down on things, as the number of...
  20. phil4

    Solar Panels UK - is it worth it?

    You are soooo lucky (or rather I'm really unlucky). Tesla put me onto their approved installer here. I put an order in at the start of June 2022, and had solar part installed over the past 2 days. Powerwalls however not available, until the end of this year if I'm lucky, so a fair old wait on...
  21. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    On the web page I get "Uh oh. Please get in touch and one of our nice energy specialists will help you out." where my tarriffs normally display. And the app has lost the "devices" tab. So I'm in limbo right now :)
  22. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    If working correctly IO will start your car charging, detect it's charging and stop it charging, and that's it then, you're on IO (though the site takes a while to update, ie midday the next day). Try and steer clear of the tesla app when it's doing it's thing, though clearly if it's still...
  23. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    You'll almost certainly be charged at full rate. Possiblities for why it started: 1) Slip of the finger in the app. 2) You set an end time rather than start time in the app? 3) IO originally was going to start at 11am, started, did it's bit (I've seen it literally charge for 9 mins in a...
  24. phil4

    Unlatching power difficulty...

    I've had this a few times at home when cold, but there's also a new public charger near me that has really "tight" handles. What works for me, is firstly stopping the charge, then selecting unlock charger, and finally gently pulling the emergency cord (I say gently, enough to pull the latch...
  25. phil4

    Dilemma - stick or twist re vehicle choice

    I'd stick with the Y, especially as you can include longer trips, albeit you might not use it for the longest. We previously had a Honda E, and while great, did mean our driving "sphere" wasn't very wide, so even the odd medium distance trip was done in the Tesla. Now we've got a Y and a 3...
  26. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    Thanks, that makes sense... sorry just thought you had a way of letting it know. But you're right, rough calc will do it.
  27. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    Genuine question, not me putting a counter point here... when setting the end point at 05:30, since you can tell the car when to start, how does it know to aim for. My guess was it'd just estimate how long it'd take and start when it needed... but your comment could be read that it knows it has...
  28. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    And the flip side of telling it to be ready at 5:30 is it starts too early and in the peak period. 23:30 has worked for me... Octopus have never taken away a slot, even if it finished charging much much earlier. But each to their own, don't see either as wrong, just offering an option that...
  29. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    Or do the other way and tell it to start at 23:30... also works really well.
  30. phil4

    Model Y Mud Flap Clips

    Wow, they're expensive... and don't look long enough to me :)
  31. phil4

    Other Home Battery Options? (PW alternative)

    Tesla say their battery isn't compatible with other batteries. I think the reason is that it sees any sort of Inverter side battery as "solar", and thus will just drain it any time it has charge. I may be wrong, but Tesla defo say no other batteries allowed.
  32. phil4

    Other Home Battery Options? (PW alternative)

    This isn't teaching you to how to suck eggs... but towards the end there's a useful comparison of how an AC coupled or DC hybrid battery system behave in different scenarios. PW is AC coupled. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzBHs4878BY
  33. phil4

    Auto window closing and app window control removed in the states. Hope it doesn't cross the pond.

    That's a pretty big backwards step. My old 2018 VW golf let you open and close (entirely) the windows from the key, so even the vent/close bit that Tesla do sometimes is a fraction of that. And the close without foot on the pedal and key, that's complete bobbins compared to other cars...
  34. phil4

    Forgotten phone

    You can, and no it shouldn't shut off when she stops, only when put into Park.
  35. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    Set your car with a schedule to start at 23:30. that's it. IO will/can override it, starting or stopping as needed. The problem with waiting for IO to stop when you plug in, as you've seen is it can start to cost a fair chunk. Back when it was 15p it didn't matter so much, now it's 40p...
  36. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    It doesn't, they've got it totally wrong. They do it every time. It's that simple. I think for example one uses your actual usage, and the other uses the "average population" or something like that. Don't trust them, do you own calcs. Use Octopus Compare app, or an excel spreadsheet (or...
  37. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    As I recall if you don't let them control it for at least one day per month you're in breach of the T&Cs. If you're not bothered about whether you get extra time slots, I'm not sure why you'd worry about if it offers you any. I'd just signup, let it control the charging and be done with it...
  38. phil4

    Wiki Everything you wanted to know about Intelligent Octopus But Were Afraid To Ask

    Not that I'm aware of. With IO enabled, if you don't set any schedule in the car, when you plug the car in, it'll start charging and the IO will step in and stop it (this may take a while). If you set a charge start time in the car at say 23:30, then when you plug in it won't charge. But...
  39. phil4

    EV tariffs - really only 3 at the moment?

    Yep, looks like you've been put on an old tariff. It's the one I signed up to in August last year, fixed until August this year, at the rates you quote. Well done!
  40. phil4

    Model Y Mud Flap Clips

    I've used generic ones and they're not really up to the job, albeit the flaps have stayed attached the car for at least a year now. The sort Tesla use are longer and seem to have a smooth barrel, so if you do like me, you may find they're not attached quite as well as the remaining one.
  41. phil4

    Model Y inventory gone??

    Their Q4 report showed ~34,000 (~8%) less cars delivered than manufactured. A diehard fan would say this was purely a logistical problem.
  42. phil4

    Teslas and UK ‘don’t touch your phone’ laws

    No opinion. I believe there are two laws to be aware of. The first specifying what you may and may not use/touch in a car. I think that's well defined. The second is failing to drive a with due care and attention. So the former you can, like not wearing a seatbelt, be pulled over for, and...
  43. phil4

    Model Y inventory gone??

    And a shed load of Model 3 as long as you don't want a Performance too.
  44. phil4

    Model Y inventory gone??

    I suspect the big push they've just had to take them (discounts, lower interest rate, and 6000 free supercharger miles) has had the desired effect and sold them all. Oh, and change to used. There's still at least one with <50 miles. Next boat sometime in March I'd guess.
  45. phil4

    Starting to get expensive to charge….

    Eco 7? Shouldn't need any smart meter, and could use it to charge I suspect.
  46. phil4

    Tesla stock - how low will it go?

    While I sort of agree with what you mean, especially the past decade... Zip2 and X.com he was in at the ground floor. So he defo did "something". But agree those days are a long way past.
  47. phil4

    Are the pillar cameras heated after all?

    Not personally, but it's easy to see how it happens. The bit where the ice is exposed to the air in the cabin. If this is humid, ie. people breathing, then when that gets to the cold glass there it'll condense... and then freeze when the glass gets below zero. As it isn't getting warm air...
  48. phil4

    EAP trial 2022? Will we get this?

    I'd be amazed if a company the size of Tesla took note of that, and drew that conclusion. You're spot on that if they did, it'd make perfect sense. But if they did, perhaps they'd also go "hmm.... perhaps we should look at lowering the price". But hey, no idea really what goes inside the...
  49. phil4

    EAP trial 2022? Will we get this?

    I think this quarter is a little more desperate than many before. Lots of stock unsold waiting for buyers, discounts being rolled out, free super charger miles being given... this isn't your normal end of quarter dash, this also isn't "we'll sell all we make". They've made too many, and...
  50. phil4

    EAP trial 2022? Will we get this?

    I recall them offering it a couple of years back, I think it was for 2 weeks. It absolutely cemented my view that it's a waste of money for me. The only thing that worked well enough was Navigate on Autopilot, but I couldn't get the hang of overtakes, but it was cool when it exited the...

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