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Cook with Gas, Save Some Dough!
Of all your household appliances, which one do you think uses the most energy?  If you said refrigerator, you're right!  Among the other high-usage appliances, dishwashers, washers, and dryers rank right up there (see the Energy Star web site for more info). In fact, up to one-third of a households total energy consumption occurs in the kitchen and laundry areas.  But what about your gas stove?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, cooking accounts for only 4.4% of a household's total energy consumption (Buildings Energy Data Book).  It's so low, in fact, that Energy Star doesn't even calculate an optimal energy use rating for these appliances. But which is better - gas or electric?
If you're concerned about lowering your carbon footprint, gas is the better alternative.  Not only does the gas come on immediately, producing heat at the moment of ignition, but it also allows for greater control of the cooking temperature.  If your stove is electric, the power needs to be generated at the power plant, transmitted to your house, and then turned on to begin heating up the coils.  The heat-up and cool-down periods of the coils end up utilizing more electricty than you need.  And modern ... more

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