- Britons are retiring their beloved Aga stoves to tackle soaring energy costs.
- A worker told Bloomberg he had removed 35 of the vintage-style devices this year.
People in the UK are shedding their beloved vintage-style stoves due to sky-high energy bills across Europe, Bloomberg reported.
Agas are cast iron stoves which are primarily gas powered and have become very popular in the UK. They include up to five ovens and two hotplates.
A brand new device can cost up to £25,000, or $29,000, to buy, according to the Aga website. Bloomberg reported that used Agas can sell for around £5,000.
The stoves are designed to be left on all the time, although some of the newer versions are electric and can be switched on and off, according to the Aga website.
Some owners have found that their Aga has become too expensive to operate in the middle of energy crisis, according to the report. Aga said on his website that users can expect to pay around £40 a week to run one of its premium stoves.
Jack O’Dwyer, a worker responsible for removing cookers from kitchens, told Bloomberg he had thrown away 35 Agas since the start of 2022. Some of the owners cried during the removal process, he added.
O’Dwyer said at least 100 people called him asking him to throw away their Aga. Some of the landlords cannot afford the £500, or about $584, removal costs, and have asked O’Dwyer not to charge them, he told Bloomberg.
A customer paid £10 a day to run an electric version of the Aga but got rid of it six months later, O’Dwyer told the publication, adding that paying £70 a week for a stove was “scandalous”.
Energy prices have skyrocketed since Russia invaded Ukraine in February. The Kremlin has cut its natural gas flows to Europe via the Nord Stream 1 pipeline in response to Western sanctions. It’s forced Governments and some companies to limit their energy consumption.
Aga engineer Glenn Bing told Bloomberg he has been removing traditional stoves at the rate of one a week this year. It also said in the report that it is converting Agas oil and gas into electricity at the same rate.
Bing believed the cost of living was to blame. He told Bloomberg that most of the moves were due to people moving into new homes where the stove was already present – but they feared it would cost too much to operate.
A spokesperson for Aga did not respond to Insider and Bloomberg’s request for comment made outside of normal working hours.