Stovetop challenge: Induction versus gas
Induction cooking is gaining steam. See how it stacks up against the competition when it comes to energy efficiency.
- Soup weather is here.
- How you cook your soup could impact your energy bill.
- Induction heat uses less energy than gas.
Fall is here. Time for soup, stew and chili. But before you start your simmer, consider that how you heat your pot could impact your energy bill.
Most stoves have a gas or electric range. But induction cooking is gaining steam, and Paul Scheckel of Home Energy Pros put induction cooking to the test for energy efficiency.
His test was simple. See how much energy was used to boil a pot of water using gas versus induction.
Here’s how Co.Exist explained his results:
“For gas, Scheckel’s 7,000 BTU burner boiled the quart of water in 8 minutes and 30 seconds. That works out to 992 BTUs of energy.
“The 1,300-watt induction cooker boiled the quart in 5 minutes and 50 seconds, which is a little more convenient, but it did it using 0.126 kilowatt-hours of electricity, or 430 BTUs of heating energy. Scheckel compares this to a theoretical 100%-efficient method, which would use around 317 BTUs.
“The induction cooker used 430 BTUs, and gas used 992 BTUs. That’s a pretty big difference. A big part of this efficiency is the induction method itself, which effectively turns your pot or pan into a heating element, whereas gas (and conventional electric hotplates) makes heat which in turn heats the pot. And as we know, gas also heats the room, which is a big waste of energy. In fact, many professional kitchens have switched over to induction precisely because it doesn’t heat the kitchen directly, making it more comfortable for the chefs, and requiring less power to cool the kitchen back down again.
“Whether or not induction saves you money will come down to the cost of gas and electricity in your town, but the energy saving is quite clear.”
Now pass the soup, please.
Sarah is mom to the two cutest little girls in the entire world. Before choosing to make changing diapers and reading bed time stories her full time gig, she earned an M.A. in Political Science from The University of South Dakota, worked in the Governor’s Office as a policy analyst and dabbled in communications at her local utility. Follow Sarah on Twitter @EnergyMommy.