Choosing the Best Energy-Efficient Kitchen Stove

Which is better: a gas or electric stove?


| September/October 2004



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Cook several dishes at the same time, or bake or roast larger portions and reheat for another meal, which uses less energy.

Because there’s currently no Energy Star rating for cooking appliances, choosing a new stove can be confusing, and the debate over electric versus gas has resulted in a lot of contradictory information. The best approach when selecting a stove is to consider your personal cooking style. A Danish EPA study estimates that being conscious of how you cook could save up to 50 percent of the stove’s energy consumption. Here’s how to shop and cook with energy savings in mind.

Energy Use

Gas: Models with an electric glow bar acting as the oven pilot are the least energy efficient, consuming as much as 400 watts of electricity per use. Gas-piloted stoves waste energy as well. The most energy-efficient choice is a natural gas stove whose pilot is lit by an electric spark that turns off once the burners or oven are on.

Electric: Of the most common varieties of electric stoves (ceramic glass, halogen, and solid disk), ceramic glass tends to use the least energy. (Maryland Energy Administration)

Pollutants

Gas: Produces carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen oxide, which can cause problems for asthma sufferers and children. (Danish EPA)





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