Jonathan: We’ve sold our central heating system – and today it was taken away (apart from lengths of copper pipe in the walls or under the floors). The rogue who sold this house to us had to put a new oil-fired boiler in as the old one packed up just before the sale went through! But the rest of the system is more than 20 years old, ill-designed and very inefficient. We’ve never been able to justify using it on an every-day basis, even in winter, and only switched it on occasionally and briefly to keep it in working order or when Jack Frost wasn’t content with sleeping in the wood store, but wanted to come indoors! (Very rare that – the Gulf Stream makes for mild winters here). It’s our long term plan to renovate the house and improve insulation and good electric heating, but in the meantime we could do with every penny we can, so we decided to turn a liability into cash. Advert placed at the Co-op: £120 for 28kW boiler in good working order, buyer disconnects and transports, but can have any other fittings wanted – all for the same price. Better than having to pay someone to dismantle it and take it the tip. So for this winter and quite probably a few more besides, we’ll be relying mainly on the electric Aga in the kitchen, the wood burning stove (in the evenings) and a few portable electric heaters in other rooms when the cold becomes unbearable! Next is the oil in the oil tank – 200 litres at say 50/litre: buyer does all the work but can have the tank for free: anyone interested?