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Cooking with Gas….or Electricity?

April 4, 2018
by dmirza

electricity cookingNo matter your living situation — house, apartment, or condo — you will need a stove at some point. When shopping for a stove, there are two options to choose from — either electric or a conventional gas stove. Here are a few points to help you decide:

  • Better cooking: While technology has brought both the electric and gas stove to the same level — and it basically depends on the cook’s preference — most professional and commercial-grade ranges are gas based. Cooking with gas is more precise. The cook can control the exact amount of heat underneath a pot – a main advantage of gas over electricity. Even through personal experience, we have noticed that cooking with gas gives better results than cooking with an electric stove, especially if you are an avid cook or like to cook dishes that require precise heat and timing.
  • Price: An electric range is usually less expensive than a gas range. The difference in price can be anywhere from $75 to $200, depending on the specifications, such as model or manufacturer or features.
  • Less of a Mess: When cooking, you are bound to make a bit of a mess. While cleaning a stove can be a daunting and tedious task, gas stoves generally have sealed burners, which reduce the mess on a stovetop if something spills. On the other hand, electric stoves with coil burners usually have removable drip pans to take care of the problem, but they can become dull and dirty with constant use.
  • Ignition: While the electric stove requires no ignition, gas stoves require either a match stick, a lighter, or an electronic ignition option. The electronic ignition eliminates the need to physically light the burner with a match. The cook just presses a switch or turns the knob and the burner ignites.

While a gas stove might seem like a smarter investment, there is one main downside: you will need a natural gas line to your home in order to have a gas stove. While natural gas is generally cheaper, it is another utility bill to pay.

Bottom line, it’s up to you. Perhaps you don’t want the additional cost of having a natural gas line installed at your residence. If you’d prefer to have an electric stove, make sure you click here to find the best electricity rates in Texas!

Source: http://www.wisegeek.com/should-i-buy-a-gas-or-electric-range.htm

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