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stove_with_pots_1.jpgKeep in Mind: Electric stoves use less energy than those fueled by gas but usually cost more to operate due to the high cost of electricity. Stoves that rely on natural gas have an added benefit: natural gas emits only half the carbon of coal, none of the sulfur, and less nitrogen. Using a gas stove instead of one powered by coal-fired electricity does not add significantly to global warming.

Another option: induction cooktops. Induction cooking uses 90% of the energy produced compared to only 40% for a gas burner and 50% for traditional electric ranges. Induction cooking is based on magnetic fields: each ‘element' or induction coil generates a magnetic field that induces heat into steel cookware placed on top of it. Induction cooktops have the same instant control as gas and are the fastest of all cooktop types to heat and cook food.


To choose the most energy-efficient cook-top and oven, see The Consumer's Guide to Energy-Efficient Appliances, published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.


More Energy-Saving Tips:

•Use energy-saving crockpots, microwave ovens, and toaster ovens to cook small amounts of food.

•Unless baking, don't pre-heat the oven unnecessarily.

•Defrost items in the refrigerator or in the counter to save cooking time.






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