Whenever I watch some TV shows which feature people searching for new homes to move into, I just can’t help conducting a little energy efficiency analysis on the fly, from the little I can pick up of course. One particular show of this kind I really like is House Hunters International, and in most cases, I notice how many of these “house hunters” from the western world like to emphasise their love for gas stoves over an electric stove, I suppose implicitly because gas is more cost-effective than cooking with an electric stove.
Personally, I prefer cooking with an electric stove, but I suppose when one thinks about it from an energy efficiency point of view, gas is still the way to go, for now…
To be perfectly honest, however, I couldn’t say for certain that a gas stove is more energy efficient than an electric stove, quite simply because of the control issues I tend to notice when cooking with gas versus cooking with electricity. A typical electric stove offers quite a bit more control than a gas stove, even though you can essentially adjust how much gas comes out of the stovetop valve.
With a gas stove, I can never quite get the heat set just right. I mean you turn the knob up one notch and your rice burns because the fire is way too hot and then when you turn it back down one notch then the fire doesn’t seem to be hot enough and so whatever you’re cooking tends to cook much slower, so you spend a lot more time cooking which in turn means you’re burning more gas and subsequently wasting more resources. I don’t know if it’s just me though, but I really prefer an electric stove because then I feel fully in control of the heat settings.
As far as safety goes as well, I reckon an electric stove is much safer. Look I guess if I was stuck with a gas stove and had to use it exclusively for most of my life then I’d probably get used to it, but at this particular point in time I usually only come into contact with a gas stove when I’m lodging at someplace that has one of those or when I’m staying over with some family members.
It’s said that you can’t smell carbon monoxide, but whatever gas is used in gas stoves does indeed have a distinctive smell which is rather offensive to my nose, even though this may largely be a psychological thing. I’m just not comfortable at all with the thought that there just may be a gas leak taking place while we’re all sleeping or unknowingly going about our daily domestic activities, so there are quite a few reasons why I personally prefer cooking with an electric stove over a gas stove.
I’ll tell you what – it takes some skill to light up the fire as well if the stove isn’t one of those which has a built in spark notch.
What is your preference? Would you rather cook with gas or with electricity and whichever one of the two you currently cook with, is it out of choice or necessity?
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