Q: Do electric or gas ovens use more energy? Which costs more? Which causes more pollution?
From a cooking standpoint, both gas and electric have some nice features. The new electric ranges are clean and the quick boil features are convenient. However, gas is the classic cook's choice. Given there are positives and negatives to both, which costs more to operate, which causes more pollution, and which uses more energy? ...If coffee machines are energy wasters, I can't help but believe that electric stoves and ranges draw quite a bit of energy.
A: Gas or Electric?
Im not going to pretend to know the cost comparisons to operate a gas versus an electric range or cooktop. I think i boils down to preference. They each have pros and cons. Yes, gas is preferred by those who cook. But, if you've ever had a gas range, they can be a real pain to keep clean. The newer, smooth cooktop electric ranges seem to be much more easy to keep clean. And, im told they heat up faster than what I remember our old electric cooktop doing as I was growing up.
My personal homes have always had gas, but I wouldnt rule out an electric range if I needed a replacement. Im guessing the pollution caused by a gas range is similar to the pollution caused by producing our electricity. Also, rates for gas and electric vary from area to area.
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