Comparing Gas and Electric Stoves

There are three types of gas burners available: conventional burners with standing pilots, conventional burners with electric ignition (the most common), and sealed burners, where the burner is fused to the cooktop. Standing pilots can more than double the annual energy consumption of your cooktop or range and should be avoided. When comparing sealed to unsealed burners, there is no measurable difference in cooking efficiency, although sealed burners are simpler and easier to clean.

With electric cooktops, a number of different burner types are available, in order of increasing efficiency (and cost): solid disk, exposed coil (the most common type), radiant, halogen, or induction elements. Unless you do a lot of cooking, it is probably hard to justify the more efficient cooktop technologies on energy savings alone. It would probably be most cost-effective to stick with an electric coil or radiant element and put your money into more efficient cookware.

Learn more at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy