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Replace Your Gas Stove With Induction to Save Energy and Impress Guests

What you need to know about buying an induction stove.

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Induction stoves produce a field that transfers energy to the bottom of magnetic pots and pans, heating them up. That’s different from electric stoves, where an electric current heats up a burner that transfers heat to the pot. Even if your electricity provider is not 100% renewable, induction is still cleaner, because it’s more efficient. An average induction stove will heat food and liquids using from half to two‑thirds of the energy that a gas stove requires, according to one study.

When you buy an induction stove, all you have to do is plug it in. In most countries, regulations require kitchens with a gas stove to be equipped with additional ventilation (usually a hole in the wall covered by a grille) and yearly checks by professional technicians to make sure the stove isn’t leaking gas. And induction cools as soon as you take the pot away from the glass surface—no lingering hot burners