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  1. That really depends on your rates. Here, using those values, the heat pump would cost 37% more to run at night rates and 92% more to run at day rates. And, of course, if you have over sized radiators the boiler should be running at a lower return temperature with efficiencies of well over 90%. (I've been looking at the feasibility of a heat pump, and with a few radiator enlargements (doubling some of them) and a bit of pipe enlargement it looks possible to get a system with a cop of over 3, which is approaching acceptable running costs (a mere 25% higher than gas), which could be hobby project to waste a few thousand on to get rid of the gas connection.)
  2. Why do you want to change from a combi boiler to an ASHP with such stringent conditions? Does the combi need replacing? An ASHP is going to be a worse fit for your lifestyle and cost more to run as well as having a big ugly box outside. It's likely cost a lot to install too. You are proposing a system with greater complexity for no benefit. I don't see the point, perhaps you can enlighten us.
  3. The answer to that is yes, you or your electrician are supposed to inform the DNO, even if you don't export anything. It's being connected to the grid with a gt inverter which matters.
  4. They're great for driving on footpaths.
  5. No, the property is unoccupied and unheated, which was my point. It stays at a reasonable temperature without any heat input despite being not terribly well insulated.
  6. I wasn''t actually making any assumptions about who was building these houses. My point about not needing heat pumps is the same point that has been made on this forum in the past; if the heat demand is low the capital cost of a heat pump and all the other plumbing is not justified. The 50 sq.m. flat we own was built in the 80s with 1980s levels of insulation. The heating demand is actually very low. It hasn't been heated since the beginning of October; the living room temperature is 14C at the moment, the lowest that it has dropped to was 12 on the 5th of November. Sorry, I simply don't understand the desire to be blasted with high pressure water. Our water here is gravity fed with about a 2M head. The showers are entirely satisfactory and the baths fill up in a perfectly acceptable time. A mains fed 9-10kW electric shower should be perfectly adequate. A 50sq.m. house is going to be a basic bottom of the market home, not a luxury home.
  7. I'm mystified why a new build home of 50 sq.m. needs a heat pump or cylinder. It should be built with good enough insulation to have sufficiently low heat demand that electric resistance heaters will cope. Can't see the point of a heat pump with very low heat load. Like wise you can use instant water heaters and electric showers. At a guess the heat losses from a cylinder (which are quite high especially with the small cylinder needed in a small house) would make up for the use of direct electrical heating. Anyway the grid will be zero carbon next year and electricity will be so cheap it won't need to be metered. We own a flat which is about 50sq.m. It has an airing cupboard which must have had a cylinder at one time. The airing cupboard doesn't impinge much on the floor space. An ASHP could go on an outside wall if mandated. PV is an irrelevance in a small house, so I don't really see what the problem is.
  8. Bought an eastern european ebay special (£127 for a bowl and 3/4 1100mm white sink) a year or so ago. It's a great improvement over the useless black ceramic sink that came with the house. I do have concerns about cleaning it. The recommendations seem to say don't use abrasive products or harsh chemicals which does seem to imply that they are more delicate than ss or ceramic. We've taken to wiping it down after each use to make sure limescale doesnt build uo.
  9. An additional point of confusion which tripped me up when I wanted to use Opentherm. Opentherm controllers don't necessarily work with all boilers, in particular they seem to be setup to work with combi boilers; system boilers are a bit of a nightmare. I found this out when I tried to use a Drayton Wiser controller with a Viessman 100 system boiler. they both claimed to be Opentherm compatible, but they don't work together. In particular they don't communicate about hot water heating. The boiler needs to be set to high flow temperature when heating water rather than modulated down when heating radiators. I see from the Honetwell T4-M manual that it doesn't support DHW - although the T^-RHW does. Having played with a few options I'm not convinced that Opentherm offers much in reality. There's a weather compensation option on the boiler whihc does more or less the same thing.
  10. But it is dedicated. That circuit is intended for the connection of the PV inverter only, hence dedicated to the PV system. It's not electrically separate but it is functionally separate.
  11. There will always be voltage on that circuit when the grid is connected and the breakers are closed, but no power will flow if the panels aren't producing (and there's nothing else connected). You're making the assumption that because it's called a circuit it is completely separate from the other circuits. It isn't. When all the breakers are on all the circuits are connected together, there is no electrical separation between them. The breakers are there for protecting individual circuits in the event of a fault and convenience for modifications/fault finding etc.
  12. Was that the bloke with the pick? That'll teach him.
  13. No the maths doesn't add up, but usable capacity depends on the type of battery. Deep cycle lead acid is recommended to use not more than 50% of their capacity, they are also pretty inefficient as they need to be (in effect) over charged to keep them healthy. LiFePO4 batteries can be used over 80% of their capacity and they are a lot more efficient than lead acid. The combination of greater usable capacity and much greater lifespan makes LiFePO4 batteries the rational choice for this sort of application. The most cost effective cells that I've seen are about $280 for 3.2V 280Ah. So a 4 parallel 16 series bank which could store over 100kWh would cost about $18,000. On the other hand a 16S bank of Winston 1000Ah cells (which have a better reputation) would cost about $20,000
  14. Those are daily averages, so multiply by days in month to get monthly averages. e.g. November is 540kWh in the month.