Upgrade Oven/Stove

Advances in cooking technology have brought energy efficiency to new heights.  Energy efficient ranges save 20-30% more energy and provide more control and features than ever before.  If you currently have a gas oven or stovetop, switch to electric and have an even bigger impact!

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$-40
Annual Savings
$500 - $2,000
Upfront Cost
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Energy and water savings

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  • Save energy and money
  • Enjoy advanced controls and features
  • Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution

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Overview

The Action
We will upgrade to a new range with a convection oven and/or induction (electric) or electronic ignition (gas) stove.
Is this action for me?
If you own your home, this action is for you.
When and Who?
This action can be done any time, but is generally best done when your range is ready for replacement. Installation is provided by most retailers with delivery.
How long will it take?
Medium - time to find the right model and coordinate installation.
What is the cost?
Around $500-$1,500 for combined stove/oven unit with convection oven and electronic ignition (if gas), $2,000 or more for a range with electric induction.

Benefits

  • Save energy and money

  • Enjoy advanced controls and features

  • Reduce carbon emissions and air pollution

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Financing

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The Basics

Cooking technology has advanced. New features and designs allow for highly efficient cooking hand in hand with improvements in function and performance. Your range is also an opportunity to make a big impact on climate change - if you currently have a gas range, switching to electric can significantly lower your impact! New electric ranges are just as responsive as gas and far better for the planet.

Checklist

Learn about energy efficient range options
Choose the right range for your needs
Consider going Electric!
Add energy-saving cooking techniques

Energy efficient features

The more you cook, the more energy savings you will enjoy from an efficient stovetop or oven.  Here are the features that can really save you energy and money:

Convection oven:  Convection ovens use a fan to circulate the hot air during cooking, which distributes the heat evenly and reduces cooking times.   Convection ovens use about 20% less energy than regular ovens, saving you 20% on your bill.  It also saves you time with shorter cooking times.

Gas stovetop - electronic ignition:  For gas stovetops, having a pilot light running continuously wastes energy and money.  Most new gas stoves have an electronic ignition, avoiding the need for a running pilot.  Not all models include this option, so check to make sure it is included.

Electric stovetop - induction:  Induction stovetops use electromagnetic waves to create heat.  They heat quickly and efficiently while providing performance comparable to a gas burner.

When to upgrade:  The annual savings for these efficiency upgrades are good, but given the upfront costs of $500 - $1,500 for a new range, it could take 5-10 years or more to cover the cost of upgrading.  This depends partially on how often you cook.  The estimate of your annual savings in the stats section above should give you a good idea of your expected savings.  For this reason it is generally recommended to plan this action when you are ready to upgrade your range.  Schedule it out on your list!  

Cost:  Convection ovens are slightly more expensive and will add $100-200 extra to a range purchase; however, with 20% savings in annual energy use this is cost effective over time.  For gas ranges, electronic ignitions can save up to 30% and are typically included in new ranges with no added cost.  

Induction electric stovetops are still quite expensive, with ranges starting closer to $2,000.  The energy savings of an induction range is approximately 30% higher than traditional electric stovetops, but it can take years to cover this additional cost through energy bill savings (depending on how often you use your oven).  This is a great addition if it's in your budget, if not, a convection electric oven and regular electric stovetop is still a great choice.

Consider going electric!

One of the most important actions we can take to reduce carbon emissions is to choose 100% green electricity and then switch all of our home appliances to electric.  If you have a gas range now, the next time you upgrade consider switching to electric.  If you have not had an electric range before, you might need to do a one time upgrade to install an electric outlet for your new range.  The cost of a new outlet install will vary based on your current electricity service capacity and wiring.  Check with an electrician to determine what the cost would be for your home.

Install your new range and recycle the old one

Installation is generally included as an option with most retailers.  For electric ranges it may be free; with gas ranges there is usually a charge for the install.  Most retailers will also offer a recycling service and take your old range away at the time of delivery.  There may be a fee for this additional service.  Recycling is an important step to make sure your range is disposed of properly and safely!

Tips on Cooking to Save Energy

If a new range is not in the budget right now, here are a few simple ways to save energy while cooking.  First, place your stove or oven away from your refrigerator to save energy. The heat that’s generated while you cook can make cooling more difficult.  When you use your stovetop, use a burner that is the right size for your pot or pan, avoiding wasted heat.  You can also turn off electric burners shortly before your food is done, as they will continue to generate heat for quite some time.  

In the oven, use glass or ceramic pans with tight lids as these are more effective at cooking evenly and use less energy than metal pans.  Finally, maintain your range.  Check to make sure the seal on your oven door is tight.  Replace old electric burners and be sure your gas burners are working properly. Yellow rather than blue flames are a sign that they need adjustment.