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  1. So my new PCM58 has arrived (see for why I have a new one): And the new one has an energy efficiency sticker on it: Show only grade C - which is well below my expectation. Anyone know why it is given such a poor mark, I thought one of the key selling points was it was a super highly insulated way of storing heat.
  2. A weekend topic for the ladies... Christ on a bike, the wife would put everything on a boil wash if she could. My kneejerk reaction is this is just advertorial bolleaux to sell expensive detergent and more energy could be saved elsewhere in the laundry cycle. Our fabrics need the 40 and 60 washes, so does the machine to keep clean and the 30 wash prog on the machine is too gentle. What’s the consensus from the resident energy-hadists?
  3. The energy company (I use First Energy because they are large but with non-awful customer service) have just reduced my monthly payment for gas / elec to £65 from £80 of their own accord (which probably means a smaller reduction than is actually needed). That means that within a year it has shrunk from £120 to £65, or £660 per year. The only change we have made is to install a stonking 10kWP solar array in January, which is East/West and still rather shaded, and to switch suppliers - which reduced the payment from £120 to £80. Don't underestimate the power of switching and competition. The house is a refurbed 4 bed chalet bungalow at just under 2000sqft with 2 people, which is generally good but we aren't obsessive. I am sure that others have done as well or better, and we still can, and I wanted to record the numbers. Solar energy generated is going to be about 5500kWh (=another £600 in subsidy) for the year, which hints at how shaded our installation was and still is. Ferdinand