Geoff

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Friday 20th November 2020


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Total Number of Property118 Comments: 5

Geoff

10:01 AM, 20th April 2022, About a month ago

Install of EV Charger - Tenant or landlord cost?

I too have been wondering about this....Thank you for the post.
I have a flat with a private garage in large well managed estate - my garage has no power. It is only a matter of time before my tenant insists on a charge point in the garage. Between the management fees and install costs for the chunky cable between the garage and the meter, the costs could well be over £5000. I think it is unfair to make the tenant to pay this - but similarly, I do not want to pay it either.... Read More

Geoff

15:04 PM, 27th October 2021, About 7 months ago

Development Project Disaster

Catherham police station (in Surrey) was built back to front. It went through nuemrous levels of review and budgeting - and yet no nobody spotted it. They opened it as a police station and now the custody suite is in the wrong place etc etc.... Read More

Geoff

9:16 AM, 2nd June 2021, About 12 months ago

Accidental landlord - Can I do the annual accounting myself?

Hi SimonP, thanks for the comments - I understand that some might make "assumptions" about my tax and accounting knowledge.
I take on board the comments by yourself and Paul that HMRC will tend to trust that a qualified accountant will have provide true and accurate financial reports. I will think more on this.... Read More

Geoff

15:22 PM, 10th April 2021, About A year ago

Smart Meter Installation - thoughts please?

Reply to the comment left by Mike at 10/04/2021 - 14:34
Smart meters (electricity) deliver 3 benefits to the nation and the consumesr and they all work together
1) Consumer become aware of their rconsumption - stats show we do reduce consumption from this awareness
2) The leccy companies can provide more sophisticated peak/offpeak tariffs for the consumers (Octopus is a leader in this). These tariffs will encourage EV charging at night, and cause consumers to the easily moved loads to cheaper periods (eg washing machine on a timer).
3) The Power grid must be designed to cope with "peak demand". Because of (1) and (2) these peaks can be significantly reduced/smoothed. This means that we need to build fewer power stations and grid management is much easier (fewer grid failures, easier to predict loading, more competitive pricing etc ). This will map to lower power prices for the consumer.... Read More

Geoff

9:07 AM, 10th April 2021, About A year ago

Smart Meter Installation - thoughts please?

To echo Doug Ellison, and add some balance here. Smart meters are a positive and result in cheaper power for little effort. Octopus Energy provide variable (every 30mins) kWh fees that are directly linked to the wholesale prices. So it is straight forward to move many of my home high energy consuming activities out of the peak cost periods into cheaper periods. This is not life changing or inconvenient - just prudent. So for example we do not vacuum or iron between 3pm and 7pm.
Now we also have an Electric car and can charge it at night so I often charge the EV for 3p or 4p/kWh. Sometimes, approx 6 times a year, the kWh charge goes negative - due to excess power on the grid (usually when it is windy). Yes - they pay me to take power to put in my car. My car "running costs per mile" can be negative.
What SMART meters do is open up more imaginative and competitive charge structures that encourage consuming to move high load activity away from peak periods - and we can choose to dance or not.
Octopus give me the average kWh charge across each billing period. The costs are very transparent - So I have a way to compare what I pay octopus and that I would pay elsewhere. Even in the winter, most months I get my power (p/kWh) for less from Octopus using their smart contract. Int he summer is far less. If this changes then I can switch away from Octopus as no-one is tied in.... Read More