Can You Save More on Electric Stoves Than Gas Stoves?
Although I don’t cook often, the stove is an integral part of our home and any home. It is where meals that nourish your family are made. Sometimes, you might even open the oven to heat your home. When it comes to what is more efficient, many people wonder if you can save more on electric stoves than gas stoves. Well, I’m here to answer that question.
Electric Stoves vs. Gas Stovetops
When it comes to the price you’ll pay upfront, there isn’t much of a difference between a gas and an electric stove. Electric stoves will cost anywhere between $650 and $2,800. Gas stovetops range from $800 to $2,300. So, there are low-cost options for both types of cooking ranges.
Generally speaking, most people have electric stoves installed in their homes. This is for a number of reasons. Not all homes are equipped to have a gas stove. If it isn’t, work has to be done to install a gas line, which can be a hassle. Many people see electric stoves as safer appliances all around because there is no open flame present like there is with a gas stove.
Will You Save More on Electric Stoves Than Gas Stoves?
However, if it is the efficiency you are looking for, the gas stove wins over the electric every time. There are some loose estimates about how much you’ll spend monthly on running each stove type. Electric stoves cost more than $5 monthly to run while gas stove cost just over $2.
Of course, these numbers will vary depending on the amount of cooking you do. If you are someone who uses the stove multiple times a day or leaves things slowly cooking in large pots for hours on end, your bill may be a bit higher. Either way, gas is cheaper.
Saving Money With Your Stove
As a car enthusiast, I’m not the most “green” person in the world, but if you are looking to go green like so many people are these days, gas is the way to go too. Over time, you will make less of a footprint using a gas stove. You’ll also save money over time.
Buying a gas stove isn’t the only way you can save while using your stove though. Here are a few more tips to help you pinch pennies.
- Keep the flame low to use less gas/energy while you are cooking. Using high heat burns through more gas or energy.
- Pay attention to the color of the flame your stove is putting out. A blue flame is what you want to see. Yellow flames or different colors indicate something isn’t working properly.
- Schedule regular maintenance on all of your appliances. You should have someone come out and check your stove, fridge, garbage disposal, and other appliances annually if you aren’t performing maintenance yourself.
- Use the right size pot for the burner you are using. A small pot on a large burner uses excess gas or energy.
If you were wondering if you can save more on electric stoves than gas stoves, the answer is no. Thankfully, there are still plenty of other ways to cut the cost of using your stove at home.
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Drew Blankenship is a former Porsche technician and lifelong automotive enthusiast. Recently, he began writing for several websites and is enjoying the career change. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and their dog Enzo.