Stoves & Ovens: 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.
Find More Info
- American Council for Energy Efficient Economy
- California Energy Commission
- Energy Guide Home Analyzer & Energy Calculators
- Home Energy Advisor
- Department of Energy Home Energy Saver
- CNET Appliances
Places to Buy
Content in part adapted with permission from Rocky Mountain Institute’s Home Energy Briefs.
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 http://www.aceee.org/consumer/cooking
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 http://www.rmi.org/rmi/pid217. (p. 5)
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