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Costing £10 a day to run, it’s time to rip out the Aga

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Agas are anachronistic. Having an unwieldy iron monster at the heart of the house, burning through energy 24/7, seems at best a bit wasteful, at worst a ruinous act of eco-vandalism.

According to a new report by Bloomberg, running an Aga can now cost as much as £10 a day. Given these hostile headwinds, it is no surprise that more and more homeowners are getting rid of them, and Aga-removal specialists report being busier than ever.

Aga Rangemaster does not release its sales figures, but the omens are not good. “When our Aga was installed in 2008, electricity was 5p a unit; now it’s up to 20p overnight,” says Tessa Tucker, who lives with her family on the outskirts of Dartmoor and has recently got rid of her Economy 7 model. “It got baking hot in the summer, so we turned it off, which it wasn't really designed to do, so it broke and we had to get it repaired.

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