In response to Graham Hazell’s letter (H&V News 24 Apr, p10), I am pleased to hear some people with heat pumps are saving money on their fuel bills.
I have no doubt these will be well designed and installed systems. However, heat pumps are not often a direct replacement option for typical off-gas properties without the need for extra insulation and other - often costly - home improvements.
For rural heating customers who have happily relied on oil heating for many years, replacing their existing boiler with a high- efficiency condensing model will be much cheaper than making the modifications needed to be heat pump-compatible.
As oil boilers can have a very long life, there are many standard efficiency models still in use.
Switching to condensing models could save owners around 25 per cent. The best and cheapest option for off-gas householders is often oil.
Jeremy Hawksley, OFTEC director general