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Stoves & Ovens: Buyer’s Guide

Buyer’s Guide

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The federal government doesn’t set energy regulations for stovetops or ovens, so there are no EnergyGuide labels or ENERGY STAR® qualifications for these products. For help choosing the most energy-efficient appliances, follow the guidelines below.

Styles of Stovetops

  • Most new gas stovetops have electric ignitions instead of standard pilots, providing energy savings no matter how often you cook.
  • There are many options for electric stovetops, with the more efficient options generally being more expensive. Look for features you’ll use.
  • If you don’t cook often, the increased efficiency of more advanced electric elements may not be cost effective. Consider buying higher quality cookware instead. Copper-bottom pans heat up faster than regular pans, and they cook food more evenly. 1
  • The most efficient electric stovetops are magnetic induction followed by halogen elements. These are both more efficient (about 80%, compared to 70%) than standard electric coil elements.2 They also heat up more quickly than electric coil elements.

 All About Ovens

  • Convection ovens are generally more efficient because they continuously circulate heat, letting you decrease the cooking time and temperature—but the savings only happen if you cook with a full oven, with large pans or several pans at once.
  • Be sure to get the right size oven for your needs.
  • Self-cleaning ovens have more insulation, resulting in higher energy-efficiency.
  • As with stovetops, if you use better quality cookware, you enhance your oven’s efficiency. Glass or ceramic pans are typically better than metal. – allowing you in some cases to turn down the temperature to about 25°F and cook foods just as quickly.


Use & Care

Proper maintenance and use of your home’s stove and oven will maximize efficiency measures. Learn more about Stoves & Overs Use & Care, where to start, and how to care for your cooking appliances for the most savings.


If you’re thinking about making efficiency improvements, the Stoves & Ovens Overview is a great place to get acquainted with the basics and your options, before you buy or install new cooking appliances in your home.

1ACEEE. (2010). Consumer Resources: Cooking. Retrieved September 28, 2012, from aceee.org
2Goorskey, Sarah, Wang, K., Smith, A. (2004).  Rocky Mountain Institute’s Home Energy Briefs #8 Kitchen Appliances.  Snowmass, CO: Rocy Mountain Institute. Retrieved September 28, 2012, from rmi.org.  (p. 5)

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Southern California Edison under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

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