Gas Verses Electric

  • SunnyD's Avatar
    Level 5
    I'm told electric is 4 times as expensive as gas at the moment. I'm having to be a new cooker with hob and high level grill soon, it looks like its going to be a gas oven with a gas hob and grill, is this true of cookers etc generally?
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    BenClackson's Avatar
    Level 1
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    The Price Cap on Electricity per unit of energy (kwh) is indeed 4 times that of gas until the end of September. But electric cookers use less energy than gas cookers. A Which report updated on 8 March 2022 said "our tests have found that you will pay on average just £17 a year for a gas cooker and around the £40 mark for an electric, electric induction or dual-fuel cooker". When the Price Caps for both fuels this winter are known, I hope EON will advise us how the running costs of electric and gas cookers are likely to compare this winter. but they may not be able to advise us about the relative likelihood of physical shortages: i.e. load-shedding on the electricity network vs lower gas pressure.
  • wizzo227's Avatar
    Level 10
    I prefer the gas hob for frying.

    The lowest cost cooker in the house is a flimsy cheapo mini-oven rated at 0.6kW which is minimum sufficient to crisp the outside of a microwaved jacket potato, or (barely adeqately) do half a pizza, or bake a two-eggs sponge cake in a 4 inch by 8 inch loaf tin. I'll sometimes cook for free like that inside surplus solar electricity from the roof.

    If weather is too cloudy to get 0.6kW of free solar then I'll use the 2.7kW ordinary oven, which is hotter and much bigger.
  • Beki_EONNext's Avatar
    Community Manager
    @wizzo227 It's interesting that you've brought this subject up. I have seen so much hype about air fryers at the moment and the benefits of cooking in them, in terms of energy usage. Have you tried one of these?
    I'm away for a couple of weeks. Back around the 10th April 😁
  • wizzo227's Avatar
    Level 10
    I looked at different "things which cook" and a new air fryer looks expensive by comparison to what I did. I won't say never but I still use a frying pan on a gas hob for most things fried, and if necessary mop up with some extra mushrooms or a slice of fried bread so that I never throw away oil. My "flimsy" mini-oven was 30 pounds brand new. I also rescued from junk a two ring electric hob which in summer will do one ring with free electricity at times from the solar panels. I'll boil rice on that but I don't like frying without the option to lift the pan and tilt it about.

    If anybody wants to lend an air fryer to me for energy efficiency test, I could do that in the summer when I've got more free electricity. A three pin plug in energy monitor (for less than fifteen pounds) is how I'd test energy put in to each of these cooking appliances.
    Last edited by wizzo227; 03-12-22 at 16:09. Reason: spelling : appliances.