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  1. Standby mode (in which energy is intentionally consumed to keep the components in the main signal path warm) is definitely something to watch out for. I have no idea how much power is involved, but I'd be surprised if it's less than a few watts per channel. As you say, across several channels in a home theatre amp, this could add up to a lot. It's true that non Class D amps are inefficient, but most amps are rarely if ever used at anything like their full rated power. Unless you're using inefficient loudspeakers and/or listening at very high volumes, you're unlikely to be using more than a few percent of the rated output most of the time. To be fair, this has completely changed since Class D amplifiers started making inroads a few years ago. They run at very high efficiencies, and when designed properly can sound excellent as well. Also, more expensive amps are more likely to use Class A output stages, which are less efficient than the Class AB output stages typically used by cheaper amps. Class A means higher power consumption for a given power output.
  2. You had me going for about 2 seconds...
  3. I believe there were several documented problems with the Immersun unit, at least in its older incarnation. Its design may have been updated since. Mine (bought about 7 years ago) died in less than two years, and wasn't covered under warranty because the original company had gone under and had its assets bought out in the meantime. My electrician installed several Immersun units over the same period, and then stopped recommending them after several failed in service. I think it's a little narrow-minded to reject an entire product category just because of historical experiences with one particular product. In the right installation, some units have a payback period that's shorter than the warranty period, so you have little to lose.
  4. I'll admit to having been beyond frustrated by the end of that thread. I probably should have just picked up the phone and spoken to Jeremy rather than trying to keep hammering the same point online. That said, I doubt it was just me. He'd previously taken at least one extended break from BuildHub of his own accord.
  5. We have an 8.5 kW array with Enphase micro inverters, and managed over 50 kWh yesterday. Looks like about the third best day this year for us (best was 52.2 kWh on 14 June). Much better than the same date last year (the line on the same graph).
  6. Sorry, never used it - my unit is too old to have the app!
  7. There's zero way for him to charge you for the costs of any attempt at obtaining an injunction if he undertakes it before you've done anything. If he waits until you start building and you never do any of the things he says he's worried about, the situation is the same. If you start doing things he disagrees with, he is required to attempt to negotiate with you before seeking an injunction. If that fails and he seeks an injunction, you would likely be responsible for some (generally not all) of his costs if, and only if, you lose. I think it's too early to be worried about an injunction. I suspect what's more likely to be a potential problem is him impeding your use of this access, such as by placing things in the way. You'd then need to get your own injunction to force him to give back the access to which you believe have a right. It never ceases to amaze me the way people behave when it comes to anything even vaguely related to their property. It seems as though all sanity and reason goes out the window, along with any consideration of previously good personal relationships.
  8. Having lived and worked in Australia (not without aircon, I'll add!), humidity definitely has an impact. But the main thing is that I just subjectively hate the heat. Always have, even on holidays.
  9. Warmer temps are fine when I'm outside and there's some air movement (either a breeze, or I'm moving around). But 24+ degrees inside and I'm dripping with sweat, and completely unable to concentrate. I've worked in non-airconditioned offices a couple of times, and I definitely didn't adapt. Thankfully my office (I work from home) is downstairs, where we have underfloor cooling and concrete floors. It's heaven during a heatwave.
  10. That seems unusually reasonable for an MVHR installation. Nice!
  11. The formal definition of a recession is two consecutive quarters of contraction. From my perspective, the two most likely outcomes are severe recession (and possibly depression) or massive (possibly hyper-) inflation. I don't see any way we go from the current situation to a situation of stable growth, inflation, and employment. It's like the punchline to that joke about the guy asking for directions from a farmer: "Well I wouldn't start from here".
  12. Most EVs allow you to program their charge times, so you can match that to, eg, the Octopus Go cheap period.
  13. Bit late to the party, but for others who might follow: I believe you did need to use someone certified if you wanted to claim the home charging grant, but the system changed earlier this year, and only flat owners and renters qualify for the subsidy. I don't believe an electrician needs any special certification to install a charger. You do, however, need some special kit if you want to do the required testing. I don't know how common it is for a typical one-person-band electrician to have this kit. The electrician I use just bought the required equipment in the last few weeks, as he now has enough interest from his regular clients to make it worthwhile having.
  14. Service should be zero rated. You can only claim back VAT on goods, or goods and services supplied together. You can't claim back VAT on a service/labour-only invoice. Compare with a plumber: - If labour only (i.e., you supply all fittings), you claim back VAT on fittings upon completion, plumber charges zero VAT on labour - If plumber supplies fittings, VAT is zero for both labour and fittings. No materials are being supplied here. You own the bricks and are having a service performed upon them.
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