Kitchen

Stovetop technology has come a long way from the electric coils of the past.

Before writing off induction technology, take a look at a demonstration and check out the incentives offered by BayREN.

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Induction Range


An induction cooking device uses electro-magnetic induction to generate heat in the cooking pot or pan. The element itself is relatively cool to the touch. The pot or pan must be made of a material that is attracted to magnets, like cast iron or magnetic stainless steel. A range typically includes both a stovetop and an oven, but only the stovetop is induction while the oven has regular electric resistance heating elements. Click here to learn more about induction range. Click here for a 'Going Induction Guide FAQ.'




Induction Cooktop


An induction cooktop uses electromagnetic induction to generate heat in the cooking pot or pan. The pot or pan must be made of a material that is attracted to magnets, like cast iron or magnetic stainless steel. Some cooktops are meant to be fixed into a countertop. Smaller induction cooktops, also called induction plates, are also available. They have one or two elements, sit on a countertop, and can be plugged into a standard wall outlet. Click here to learn more about induction cooktops. Click here for a 'Going Induction Guide FAQ.'




Plug-In Cooktops & Appliances (Renter and Budget Friendly)


For homeowners and renters looking to try out electric or induction cooktops on a budget, plug-in cooktops are a great option. These portable devices are cheaper, a smaller commitment, but just as effective as their larger counterparts. This article compares a couple different models. Get creative in the kitchen and explore the many uses of crockpots and instant pots, fry up a dish using an electric woks, and amaze Thanksgiving guests with electric combination oven/griddle/steamers or a portable electric convection oven. Check all these appliances and more on page 9 of the Pocket Guide to All-Electric Retrofits. For more information about how to electrify on a budget, check out the " Pocket Guide to All-Electric Retrofits"




Refrigerators


Thanks to recent improvements in insulation and compressors, today's refrigerators use much less energy than older models. With an ENERGY STAR certified refrigerator, you can maximize your energy and dollar savings without sacrificing the features you want. If all refrigerators sold in the United States were ENERGY STAR certified, 9 billion pounds of annual greenhouse gas emissions would be prevented each year, equivalent to the emissions of more than 870,000 vehicles. Don't wait! Make a plan: explore efficient models and compare costs, visit ENERGY STAR's website here.





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