Can an Aga Range Cooker Really Be Eco-Friendly?
Aga range cookers have been criticised in the past for their environmental credentials, but this may be slightly unfair taking into account some underlying facts and recent developments about these much-loved British kitchen favourites.
It is certainly true that some of the original models can be thirsty on fuel – particularly gas and solid fuel models (although there are always improvements that can be made to any cooker’s efficiency).
If you are concerned about the environmental credentials or fuel costs of an Aga range cooker, there are several reasons why they can be eco-friendly:
They Replace Other Kitchen Appliances
The Aga range cooker really is a multifunctional kitchen appliance, replacing the need for the use of several other energy-sapping kitchen devices such as:
- A tumble drier; dry laundry on top of the Aga range cooker
- A microwave; reheat food in one of the lower ovens.
- A toaster; the hotplates make wonderful toast and grilled sandwiches.
- An electric kettle; pop a stove-top one on a hotplate instead.
Reduce your need for buying and running a range of appliances by using the Aga range cooker as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for kitchen tasks.
They Heat the Kitchen
Anyone who has lived in a home with a range cooker will know that that it provides a cosy warmth, making it an ideal social hub for family members including pets!
This also has the added benefit of helping you reduce your fuel bills for central heating; make sure you turn off your radiators in the kitchen and neighbouring rooms and hallways for maximum benefit. For some people this is all the heating they need in early Autumn and Spring.
They are Built to Last, from Recycled Material
Aga range cookers are extremely durable units, produced in a more sustainable era of engineering and designed to last for generations.
What’s more, 70% of each Aga range cooker is manufactured from recycled material, which can include car gearboxes, guttering, lamp posts, drain covers and other scrap metal.
Unlike many modern kitchen appliances, you’ll never see one of these celebrated pieces of engineering in a landfill site - their cast iron structure is pretty much bomb-proof and can always be re-purposed even if the rest of the cooker has degraded.
The integrity of the initial build and the ability for companies to install electric heading modules, has led to a boom in electric conversions as we’ll touch on below…
They Can Run on Electricity
The majority of Aga range cookers still run on fossil fuels, but this is changing fast with 25% of all Aga range cookers now running on electric. This figure is increasing every year, with 70% of all new Aga range cookers being sold running on electricity.
It’s not just new Aga range cookers running on this fuel source though, with many being existing ones being converted to electric thus making them much more efficient (around 80% saving on annual fuel bills) Most models allow you to turn on different parts of the cooker independently, with greater control over the temperature.
It’s worth mentioning here that not all electric conversions are created equal! Beware the 13amp electric conversions in particular, they are inefficient and will lead to similar – if not higher – fuel bills than conventional models. Take a look at our electric conversion page for more info.
Even Greener Energy Sources to Come?
There are also plans in the pipeline for a completely renewable Aga range cooker, with newer biofuel and other renewable energy sources available.
There is also the possibility to use micro-generated energy such as wind, solar and heat pumps working in tandem with a self-sufficient, 100% sustainable energy network.
The Aga Range Cooker is Greener than you Think
The Aga range cooker is a much-loved piece of British heritage, which can be adapted to make it much more environmentally friendly.
Get in touch with Blake & Bull today if you need any help making your Aga range cooker more eco-friendly.