Are induction hobs efficient?
Induction hobs are far more efficient than gas hobs as they use all of the heat that is generated. This means there is no wasted heat. Gas hobs are less efficient because so much of the heat generated is lost round the sides of the pans.
Are induction hobs faster than gas and electric?
With induction, you don’t have to first heat up an element and then transfer that heat to the pan. This means you can boil water almost twice as fast using an induction hob compared to an electric hob, and significantly quicker than you could using gas.
How do induction hobs work?
An induction hob provides one of the most efficient and fastest methods of cooking. When a zone is activated and a ferrous metal pan is placed on it, a magnetic circuit is created which begins a rapid, even transference of heat to the base of the pan and its contents.
Induction hobs contain a strong electromagnet positioned under the surface of the hob.
This method is not only fast but allows more accurate heat control.
So which is cheaper gas or induction?
Even though induction may be far more efficient than gas, it all boils down to the costs of each energy type.
From 1 October 2022, if you’re on a standard variable tariff paying by direct debit, the average unit price will be frozen at:
- 34.0p/kWh for electricity.
- 10.3p/kWh for gas.
According to research from Defra, the average power consumption to cook the same chicken stir fry was:
- Induction 0.32kW (10.88p).
- Gas – 0.67kWh (6.9p).
So to cook this chicken stir fry it would be 3.98p cheaper to use gas.
Why induction hobs are a popular choice
Although the current energy prices are causing turmoil, many people prefer to use induction as a method of cooking. The reasons include:
Safety first – Induction hobs contain a system that detects when a pan is in place meaning no heat is produced when the hob is empty and there is no flame or element to ignite fumes or cause burns. A great selling point for families with small children.
Flexible cooking zones – Some induction hobs have extended cooking zones that break the boundaries of the usual four area hob. This allows you to use less traditional pots or dishes such as a teppanyaki or griddle plate.
Easier to clean – Induction hobs have a completely flat surface meaning they are easier to clean and maintain with no gaps to hide spills.
Greener – Induction cooking is more efficient than traditional methods as heat is channelled into the pan itself, cooking the food faster and using less power. Gas systems produce damaging carbon emissions. With climate targets increasing, gas could become obsolete in a matter of years. Electric heating is clean and respectful to the environment. It does not emit polluting gases or use heavy metals.
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