There is an age-old debate about what is more energy efficient for cooking: gas or electricity. Whatever energy source you prefer for cooking, one is bound to cost less. Check out this quiz and decide for yourself.
Estimates are that about 4.5 percent of energy consumed is for cooking.
Your refrigerator usually uses more energy than any other household appliance.
Because of heavy duty appliances like washers, dryers and refrigerators, about a third of our energy bill is consumed in the kitchen and laundry room.
The gas cooker provides an immediate, controllable heat and so is regarded as more efficient.
Coal-burning power plants use three or four units of fuel to create one unit of power.
The induction stove heats faster by magnetically accelerating metal molecules in steel and iron pots.
An induction stove transfers about 90 percent of its heat to the pot because of its conformity to the metal of that pot.
The price could be a deterrent. Induction stoves cost $700 to $1,300, whereas gas and electric stoves cost about $300.
Covering a pot of water will help it boil in half the time of an uncovered pot.
The size of the pot chosen should be suited to the amount of food being cooked. A large pot used to cook a small amount of food requires more heat than a smaller pot for the same amount of food.
A microwave uses two-thirds less power than an electric oven.
Microwaving is great for reheating and some cooking, but can't be used for baking or roasting
A toaster oven is great for baking a small item.
Find a completely flat-bottomed pan that makes full contact with the stove top.
The shiny surface reflects heat and reduces cooking time.