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“I save 1200 euros per year”: Alain has swapped oil heating for a heat pump

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“Winning bet! This year, I saved 1200 euros on the bill, including hot water, and that’s just the start. “Alain Bouchard, 62, does not regret” really “having” gotten rid of the oil boiler and its 2000 liter tank for a heat pump system “. When he talks about this choice, made “head down” in 2018 with his wife, this young retiree, former unit manager at PSA in Vesoul (Haute-Saône), is enthusiastic.

In addition to significant savings, his 128 m2 house, located in La Villeneuve-Bellenoye-et-la-Maize, “is now better heated, without odor or emanation of fuel, and more environmentally friendly”. And this, without counting the “saving of space in the basement”. In short, “a revolution at all levels! He describes. Why did you make this shift? “The price of fuel oil is too volatile,” he emphasizes. At the time, it flew at 1.60 euros per liter. Filling the tank cost me more than 2000 euros per year which had to be taken out all at once. It was too much. “

A tax credit of 4,500 euros

In reaction, he decides to invest after doing “quick little calculations”. In detail, the installation of the heat pump costs him 18,000 euros, against 6,000 euros for the oil-fired boiler – “a new bike purchased seven years ago but which had to be repaired three times for several hundred euros ”. Every year, he has to change the jets, then the circuit, and finally the capacitors. “In short, an expensive puzzle! “The investment in a heat pump, however substantial” is then already very profitable “, he insists. His choice is made, and the loan, of 10,000 euros, committed.

This sum, which he will repay each month up to 119 euros for nine years, does not frighten him. “The operation costs almost nothing thanks to the savings made on the invoice, the end of repeated repair work on the old boiler and the tax credit. A rebate of nearly 4,500 euros, ”he explains.

“The house must be well insulated”

In his village, this good business was emulated. “As soon as it was installed, the neighbors came to see the heat pump,” he smiles. At first they were hesitant. Since I’ve been saving money, some have started work and the lucky ones will benefit from the new aid! Be careful, however, he warns: “For the installation to be profitable, the house must be well insulated. A heat pump does not arise like that. An expert checks the condition of the windows and especially the attic. If there is loss and the insulation is not up to standard, it is not worth it. “

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