If you’re in the market for buying a new range, why not go green with your new purchase? Saving energy and resources by buying an energy-efficient range that suits your needs is the way to go. And it’s easier than you think. Use these basic steps for buying the right green range for you and your family.
The big question, Gas or Electric?
The big question when buying an energy-efficient range is whether to use gas or electric. Gas of course is the preferred range top cooking methods. More control over cooking is why gas is so popular with chefs.
Gas vs. electric is pretty much an equal fight both ways. Gas is a fossil fuel, but so are most electric plants when they use coal fired power generators. Electric vs. gas is also about equal in the price, depending upon your area.
Induction cook tops
While gas and electric ranges are equally not very green, the induction cook top changes all of that. An induction range uses magnetic fields to heat. You can cook in a pan, remove it instantly from the induction burner and place your hand on the burner. No heat! It only transfers to the pan, making induction ranges one of the most powerful cooking devices ever created. One problem-you can’t cook with anything else but magnetic pots and pans.
Preferred by cooks everywhere, the induction range is energy-efficiency at its best. The only draw back-its price. Induction ranges are twice as expensive as the greenest ranges and three times as much as conventional energy hogging ranges.
But the money you spend on induction can be recouped by using a smaller range hood and less ventilation. You also save a bundle each year on a lower energy bill.
Another energy-saving method for lowering your ranges energy consumption is to apply the use of proper ventilation by installing the correct range hood. Extra heat in the kitchen can affect the efficiency of refrigerators and other kitchen appliances.