A simple guide to induction and electric cookers

It’s time to get off gas.

Scientists have discovered that gas cooking is much more harmful to our health than we previously thought. Learn about switching to induction and electric cookers instead. 

Wait, you mean my gas stove could be making my family sick?

Yes, gas stoves burn natural gas, which generates invisible by-products. The most concerning of these is nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which has an impact on human health.

Studies have found that using gas at home can cause up to 12% of childhood asthma cases, which is the same as someone smoking tobacco in the home. [Source: Asthma Australia]

Save on bills with induction and electric cookers

Gas is a fossil fuel, and the cost is rising every year. The average Australian household uses about 5% of their home energy on cooking, so there are savings to be had when switching to an induction cooktops.

If you get home solar you can save even more by running your electric or induction cooker off the solar.

Environmental impact

Gas is a fossil fuel, so switching to electric or induction cooking (particularly if you run it off home solar) is an easy way to reduce the fossil fuel consumption of your household.

I want to get off gas, what are my options?

If you’re ready to make the switch you’ve got two options – electric and induction cookers. The right one for you depends on how much of a foodie you are.

Electric Cooker

A traditional electric stove has a heating element under each burner. The surface gets hot, which makes your pan hot, which lets you cook your food.

This is the most common type of electric cooker, and the one most people have experience with. It does a good job cooking food, but if you really enjoy cooking and entertaining it doesn’t heat up as quickly as gas.

Devanti electric cooker
Devanti electric cooker

Induction Cooker

An induction stove sends energy directly to the pot or pan itself through a magnetic field. This works exactly like charging your phone wirelessly. Because they transfer energy through magnetic fields, induction cooktops will work with most of your existing steel and cast iron pans (but not with aluminium, glass, or ceramic pans).

Because heat is generated very close to the food and nowhere else, it uses far less energy.

Leading chefs in Australia are switching from gas burners to electric induction stovetops because they are hands down the fastest, healthiest, and most efficient way to cook [Source]

A high quality induction cooktop can bring water to the boil twice as fast as a gas cooktop. [Source: Choice]

Some people think they’ve tried induction stoves and didn’t like them, but chances are, they used an electric resistive stovetop instead.

Bellini induction cooker
Bellini induction cooker

Government rebates for induction and electric cookers

As part of a national shift away from consumer gas use, certain states, territories, and local councils offer government rebates for induction cooktops.

One prominent example is the state of Victoria where gas connections are banned in new homes. Victorian households will be able to claim rebates of up to $150 each for induction cooktop.

How much does switching cost?

Our article on how much switching costs explains all the costs involved. If you’re ready to get started read our step-by-step guide to switching.

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