There's electricity of course but it's obviously expensive to run. What other fuels could I use that would eliminate that expense of a gas main installation?
What about (a) oil and (b)coal or coke? Obviously these are potentially messier than gas, but what about the actual cost, both for the initial installation and then the running costs? Has anyone used these fuels for central heating and tapwater heating?
There seems to be a likelihood that gas will get more expensive in the future too, which is another reason I'm keen to know about any viable alternatives.
I remember when I was in Canada about 15 years ago, I noted that many people used oil-fired warm-air central heating. But the boiler looked like a large and expensive item.
Thanks for any suggestions or advice.