"All over the country people are facing up to the hideous cost of running their Agas. "We should really get rid of ours," my friend Mark said the other day, "but how will we be middle class then?" The Times 12 April 2008
I have just been out to our oil tank to work out how much oil we've used since our last delivery on 11th February. The Aga has used 376 litres in 8 weeks so that is an average of 47 litres a week. My last oil delivery was 40p per litre so its costing me £18.80 a week to run the Aga. Thats all our cooking, hot water and, of course, drying the washing. Is this reasonable?
I can't bring myself to work out if I'd save anything by having an electric cooker, tumbler dryer and used the immersion heater for water because I wouldn't want to give up my Aga. I'm sure that the cost of replacing the Aga with a cooker, clothes dryer and water heater would negate any saving in running costs. Of course if we ever get around to installing a wind turbine to generate electricity it may be worth making the swop.
Incidentally, we have used 867 litres of oil since 11th February for the central heating! That is costing us an average of £43.35 a week. Roll on the summer........although the Aga uses oil all year round we can usually manage without the central heating for 4-5 months.