Has anyone changed anything with their heating since this discussion ? we haven't.
The main issue is eliminating con men.
2nd issue is finding reliable installers.
3 rd issue is getting people to come out and give quotes, ( I'll be out Monday ) don't arrive, ( I'll be out Thursday ) don't arrive.
4th issue, is if they start a job will they work on it all day every day until it's finished or will they do an hour one day and two next week ?
It's a damn difficult country to get work done !
I've since being toying with the idea of heat pump using the well supposed to give 6 Kw out with 1 Kw in, that's some efficiency but again, contacted twice and no one called to arrange to come to the house.
Installing solar PV later on would greatly help offset the cost of running the HP especially if a feed in tariff becomes available, excess in Summer bought back for winter to run the HP.
Anyway we're still at square 1 and on out 2nd tank of oil since about October. Oil now is 700 per 1000 Litres.
If you add it up , Oil, Gas, pellets, wood, Coal are all around the same to run if efficiencies are high then all are around the same cost for the same efficiency of your heating, boiler, stove etc for instance, an open coal fire is naturally going to be more expensive to run than a pellet stove but install a much more efficient stove and the cost difference becomes much less.
SAEI have a handy fuel comparison chart.
Particularly interesting is that night rate electricity is also comparable to these liquid or solid fuels and could be convenient with storage heaters which are much more controllable today. I have night rate electricity for charging the car so 1 or 2 storage heaters could be a good alternative for me for 1 or two rooms if it;s going to cost the same as oil or gas then probably not, again , if we only had some kind of feed-in-tariff system where we get paid for excess to the grid we could install solar PV and that would help offset the cost of heating and normal electricity bills.