If you want to save on energy bills and be more environmentally-conscious, a gas oven is the clear winner, as long as your oven does not use a pilot light. An electric oven and stove can use up to three times more energy than a gas oven with an electronic ignition.
The reason there is such a difference in energy consumption between the two is because with a gas stove, electricity is needed only to create a spark. With an electric range, however, electricity flows to your oven or stove when you turn it on. The electricity will continue to flow as long as the stove or oven is operating, which means higher energy use.
How much you save in energy will depend on how much you cook and on energy costs in your area. Dollar for dollar, though, you can expect to pay less than half as much for an energy-efficient gas stove when compared with an electrical stove.
You can improve energy savings even more by choosing ENERGY STAR appliances and by using simple practices to reduce energy consumption. For example, you can bake or cook multiple items at once to reduce how much energy you use. You can also use a timer to ensure you don’t leave your stove or oven on any longer than it takes to cook or re-heat your food.
Another factor to consider with energy bills has to do with heating. Specifically, if one type of stove causes your home to overheat more, you may end up spending more on air conditioning and fans to stay comfortable during the warmer months.
Here, too, gas stoves win out. Electric ovens and stoves take longer to heat up and cool down, so the heat can linger in your kitchen or home longer. That means choosing gas ranges can also help you save on cooling costs.
If you’re considering a new gas range or electric range, you’ll want a home energy plan designed to save you money. Shipley Energy has both electricity plans and natural gas plans to fit your budget. Whether gas ranges or electric ovens are right for you, Shipley Energy can help you select the appliance that best meets your requirements.