1. the "Efficient" background ability says that it gives you +5 efficiency to all four energy types. What I don't know is what that means and what effect it has on game. It isn't +5 to maximum power levels (no such bonus is present)... so what is it?
2. when dealing with engineering armor consoles that give +3.8% kinetic and +3.8% energy resistance, does this apply to shields as well as hull, or just hull? I would imagine just hull, but that would make them of very questionable merit IMO since in my experience your shields are not down for the majority of time that you're taking damage (or had better not be, for your sake )
i can answer the second question.. its a "hull" buff, when your shields are taken down.. torps do a bit less damage (always good)
as to the first.. im not entirely sure myself.. i couldnt tell if i had an increase to power levels due to other traits, or if actions or abilities "cost" a little less power of whatever type was being used.
it would be nice to get an official answer so alot of us arent wondering anymore