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Old 24-07-2011, 9:49 PM
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Default Running costs for an aga

Can anyone give me an idea of how much an electric 3oven aga would cost to run per quarter? Our kitchen is very cold and the cooker needs replacing so it would seem a good idea to combine the two problems but not if the running costs are high - the initial outlay is bad enough!
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Old 24-07-2011, 10:19 PM
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Have you actually tried to search for "Aga running cost"?

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Is your Aga cooker expensive to run?

No, in fact its quite the opposite. Aga Cookers are actually designed to conserve energy and fuel. Once the ovens and hot plates reach their optimum temperatures, the AGA unique storage system requires very little fuel to maintain these settings. Approximate weekly running costs are:-
  • Natural Gas Two Oven: 425kWh
  • Natural Gas Two Oven with water heating: 601kWh
  • Oil Two Oven: 40Litres
  • Oil Two Oven with water heating: 60Litres
  • LPG Two Oven: 60Litres
  • LPG Two Oven with water heating: 84Litres
  • Electric models:220kWh
Aga cookers dont produce as much heat as is first presumed. They are very well insulated to release as little heat as possible which means they only output the equivalent heat produced from 10 12 100watt light bulbs.
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Old 24-07-2011, 10:40 PM
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Have you actually tried to search for "Aga running cost"?

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Is your Aga cooker expensive to run?

No, in fact its quite the opposite. Aga Cookers are actually designed to conserve energy and fuel. Once the ovens and hot plates reach their optimum temperatures, the AGA unique storage system requires very little fuel to maintain these settings. Approximate weekly running costs are:-
  • Natural Gas Two Oven: 425kWh
  • Natural Gas Two Oven with water heating: 601kWh
  • Oil Two Oven: 40Litres
  • Oil Two Oven with water heating: 60Litres
  • LPG Two Oven: 60Litres
  • LPG Two Oven with water heating: 84Litres
  • Electric models:220kWh
Aga cookers dont produce as much heat as is first presumed. They are very well insulated to release as little heat as possible which means they only output the equivalent heat produced from 10 12 100watt light bulbs.
Even if these figures are accurate, that means a twin oven Aga running on oil will cost around 23 a week at current oil prices!

I have a dismantled one in my garage (it came with the the house). A couple of years ago I worked out the cost of running it if I had it assembled and fitted. It was absurd then. It is even more absurd now.

Agas might have made sense once. Today they are just lifestyle trophies.
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Old 25-07-2011, 8:33 AM
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Apart from the huge running costs for consumption of gas and oil, there is the servicing costs to consider - these also can be eye-watering!
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Haha at the costs listed

I have a 4 door oil one. My gas bill was 3k a year- now dropped to about 2.5k. Don't use heating from April to October so aga is sole cost in the summer. The aga is at least 30 a week.

When we had oil in needed 4 tanks a year for that and the heating. Needed less than 2 tanks when we had just heating. Oil prices vary load to load.
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Apart from the huge running costs for consumption of gas and oil, there is the servicing costs to consider - these also can be eye-watering!
Several years ago, after paying an annual 70 quid odd for a basic service if nothing else was required, and when the engineer was in and out in about 20 mins, I decided to do it myslef. Mine's oil fired, and is simplicity itself to service. The main problem is carbon deposits in the oil channels feeding the oil to the wick - a two minute job to scrape out. Also, dead easy to make your own wicks, instead of buying the real expensive thing off aga, justy needs a minute to cut out the channels, copying the old wick.

Having said that, the running costs vs the benefit for me just got too high a couple of years ago. Anyone who thinks these are cheap to run is in cloud cuckoo land. All I miss is the aga toast!
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Haven't got an Aga, but if I won 161million, will certainly have one just to see how it works.

The electric one might seem to be a money pit initially, but if it can store enough heat to cook three meals a day using Economy 7 electricity, without day time top up, it could be attractive for electric only households, who obviously cook with peak rate electricity otherwise.
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This may be of interest if looking to reduce your Aga running costs and comfort levels. Cornish Cooker Conversions have developed a new conversion that seems to solve a great deal of the Aga drawbacks including the running cost
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This may be of interest if looking to reduce your Aga running costs and comfort levels. Cornish Cooker Conversions have developed a new conversion that seems to solve a great deal of the Aga drawbacks including the running cost
To wait 30 minutes for the hob to heat up and 2 hours and 20 minutes to preheat the oven defeats the point of an AGA. I would suggest that someone install a cheap freestanding electric cooker and only use the AGA in winter only when the waste heat can be used in the property.
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To wait 30 minutes for the hob to heat up and 2 hours and 20 minutes to preheat the oven defeats the point of an AGA. I would suggest that someone install a cheap freestanding electric cooker and only use the AGA in winter only when the waste heat can be used in the property.
Or rip it out and replace it with a dual fuel modern range for the same as the conversion cost. I reluctantly have to admit that the advantages of our AGA are now outweighed by its disadvantages. Having a nice warm kitchen 24/7 is a little wasteful, hence the AGA lout image. Ours has been off in the summer ever since we bought this place - never understood why people suffered a roasting kitchen in mid summer! After a few oil bills, I also turned the temperature down, to try to get them lower - they were high enoiugh in those days even at 13p/litre!

The conversion would certainly result in lower running costs, even using quite a lot of full cost electricity whenever you'd want to cook anything. Also, the soul would be gone - it's the gentle heat and a warm kitchen which are the hallmarks of the AGA and why people congregate around them.

I always thought the Aga would make our house more saleable and worth quite a bit more. I'm not so sure it has that effect these days. We are witnessing the death of an icon imv.
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Old 18-11-2012, 1:32 PM
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You have missed the whole point of an Aga - you aren't supposed to actually use them; they are a lifestyle statement!
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You have missed the whole point of an Aga - you aren't supposed to actually use them; they are a lifestyle statement!
I take it you don't have one?

My wife's family are AGA people through and through and Mrs G wanted to replace my old cooker with one when she moved in. However, after considering the running costs and our lifestyle, we decided against a traditional AGA. What we did get was a dual fuel AGA range cooker that only uses power when it is actually cooking. It has the looks of an AGA but being cold, it really hasn't got the soul.

It's very cheap to run though.
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I take it you don't have one?

My wife's family are AGA people through and through
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No, but our nanny and head footman have them. As our Butler says - "they are such snobs".
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No, but our nanny and head footman have them. As our Butler says - "they are such snobs".
Ha ha! I bet they are warm snobs though.
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We have a four oven Aga powered by gas which seems to cost about 50 per month to run.

It is on all the time and keeps the kitchen as warm as toast throughout the winter. It is one of life's pleasures. On Sunday when it was freezing outside our kitchen was so welcoming. It's the heart of the house.

Without it I don't know where we would dry our wet clothes after a walk in the rain, or where I would warm my jacket before putting it on to walk the dog on a frosty morning. And the food is delicious ........ .................

We generally only heat the rest of the house during the evenings. How much we save from that I'm not sure but it must be a fair bit. We also no longer use electricity for cooking or boiling the kettle.

I've no doubt that there is a net cost overall, in fact I don't really want to know how much, it's worth it!

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We are seriously considering buying a new Aga - bit of a mix between everything which has been said here, love the look, the idea of an Aga in the kitchen and a new way of experimenting with cooking.

We are just about to move into a new home - an old coach house on the outskirts London and it would fit in beautifully, but there are mixed reactions to the costs of running this cooker and I must admit to being a little confused.

The electrical 3 oven model was what we were looking at, we thought of gas originally as that appeared cheaper, but the electricity one with AIMS does not need the annual servicing the gas models do so that saves 150 a year. Installation of an electric model for us is better too as the chimney is a little suspect given the age of the building and the costs of lining/cleaning (circa 1500)

Has anyone got a real idea of how much each week the electric model actually costs to run?

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We are seriously considering buying a new Aga - bit of a mix between everything which has been said here, love the look, the idea of an Aga in the kitchen and a new way of experimenting with cooking.

We are just about to move into a new home - an old coach house on the outskirts London and it would fit in beautifully, but there are mixed reactions to the costs of running this cooker and I must admit to being a little confused.

The electrical 3 oven model was what we were looking at, we thought of gas originally as that appeared cheaper, but the electricity one with AIMS does not need the annual servicing the gas models do so that saves 150 a year. Installation of an electric model for us is better too as the chimney is a little suspect given the age of the building and the costs of lining/cleaning (circa 1500)

Has anyone got a real idea of how much each week the electric model actually costs to run?

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Have you actually tried to search for "Aga running cost"?

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Is your Aga cooker expensive to run?

No, in fact its quite the opposite. Aga Cookers are actually designed to conserve energy and fuel.
Aga cookers dont produce as much heat as is first presumed. They are very well insulated to release as little heat as possible which means they only output the equivalent heat produced from 10 12 100watt light bulbs.
So much, then, for the cosy AGA kitchen image. Glad I never bought into it.
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We are seriously considering buying a new Aga - bit of a mix between everything which has been said here, love the look, the idea of an Aga in the kitchen and a new way of experimenting with cooking.

We are just about to move into a new home - an old coach house on the outskirts London and it would fit in beautifully, but there are mixed reactions to the costs of running this cooker and I must admit to being a little confused.

The electrical 3 oven model was what we were looking at, we thought of gas originally as that appeared cheaper, but the electricity one with AIMS does not need the annual servicing the gas models do so that saves 150 a year. Installation of an electric model for us is better too as the chimney is a little suspect given the age of the building and the costs of lining/cleaning (circa 1500)

Has anyone got a real idea of how much each week the electric model actually costs to run?

Thanks
An alternative to an eletric Aga is an Everhot range, but having used one in a cottage last year they aren't as good as a normal oven.
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Had a gas-fired Aga in the kitchen installed by previous 'lifestyle' conscious owners. You are of course supposed to leave it on all the time, and in our experience this is VERY expensive (probably 600 a year, 3 years ago). Our gas usage now is about 20000kWh pa so the Aga's 425kwh per week would more than double this.!

Nice to have a warm kitchen in winter of course, but in summer it then gets very hot - but hey! follow Aga's advice ' just open the windows'. Brilliant. We ripped it out and swapped for a dual fuel Rangemaster .

I am amazed that people are still taken in by the hype. I had to laugh at post 2.

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