Reader’s question: Gas or electric – which is more eco friendly?
One of our readers posed a great question this week:
She said “I am remodeling my kitchen and excited about buying some new appliances.
However, I am curious, which is better for my monthly expenses and the environment? Gas or electric stove / range?”
We would love to hear your thoughts on this and throw all questions open to our readers to have their say and share their experiences.
I would suggest that induction hobs are better for monthly expenses. You only heat what you need and all the heat goes to where it is needed – to cook your food.
With gas hobs the flame can lick around the sides of the pans which results in wasted heat.
Hobs with electric coil rings take long time to heat up and are difficult to control; often you need to remove the pan from the ring altogether because it has become too hot – again, wasted energy.
Eco friendly cleaning
It’s good to take into account cleaning too! If you have gas or coil rings these can be tricky to clean if a pan boils over. This can require lots of hot water and chemical cleaners. Over the lifetime of your stove, this can add up considerably to the overall energy costs of using your appliance.
An induction or ceramic hob is smooth and a quick wipe with a cloth every day keeps it looking good.
Environmentally friendly cooking
Regarding the most eco friendly; gas is generally the better option in terms of overall carbon emissions. Burning natural gas produces heat more efficiently than electric heat sources, so on the hob part, less energy is needed to produce the same heat.
However, an electric fan oven will warm up much quicker than a gas oven. This is why many people favour a gas hob with an electric fan oven.
So here’s the deal; if you get your electricity from a company that only supplies renewable energy, then electricity would be the better option in terms of carbon emissions.
If you are not on a green tariff, then gas is the better option as electricity emits, on average, twice as much carbon as gas.
What we all need to do is start moving away from fossil fuels, so perhaps you could change your utility provider to a green tariff; one which uses renewable forms of energy to reduce your carbon footprint.
Once you’ve made up your mind on which stove to buy, look at the energy rating of the oven. Choosing an A-rated appliance or Energy Star rated appliance to help reduce your carbon footprint even more.
There are other things you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your cooking. We’ve covered some in our “eco friendly cooking – 5 tips” article and will have more on the site soon!
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