The 13amp Electric AGA
The 13amp Electric AGA uses a comparitively low powered connection (13amp or 2.5KW funnily enough!), similar to that of an electric kettle (technically it could plug in but it is strongly recommended that the AGA is on its own circuit as plugs and sockets are only designed for this type of load for a short period of time, and hard wiring the cooker to its own circuit also means you shouldn't overload the 'ring main' or socket circuit).
Its internals and workings are very similar to an oil or gas AGA but instead of using a burner, an electric element tops the heat up in the cast iron as and when required throughout the day. Conduction and convection then gently spread the warmth to the hot plates and ovens using air which is recirculated time and again - there are no 'products of combustion' to exhaust so no heat is wasted to a flue and the system is highly efficient.
Just like all heat storage AGAs the cast iron ovens are vented to outside, on the electric models this is through a 28mm (1") diameter copper pipe that runs from the back of the cooker to a small fan box mounted outside (you don't necessarily need to site the cooker on an outside wall, the pipe can run a short distance sideways behind the kitchen base units to outside).
As there's no burner to clean, maintenance is minimal and low cost - just a safety check every 5 years or so.
The 13amp electric AGA is available in two, three or four oven models with or without the electric module in all colours and special editions (except Claret).
The 13amp electric AGA also comes with AIMS - AGA's energy saving intelligent management system (see below for details) as a standard fitment.
Runnning costs - approximate use for the cooker running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week are:
||Units (KW/h) Per Week
||Cost Per Week (@ £0.111p per unit)
We have tested and found savings of between 10%-25% off these figures using AIMS (depending on the individual programme used).
Prices current at April 2012 (Price check on uswitch.com, supplied to postcode BD23 6DR).