There are significant differences in the costs of cooking with gas and electricity, and given cooking accounts for a typical 4pc of the average £1,200 energy bill, it’s worth making the right choice.
According to figures from the Energy Saving Trust, gas and electric ovens use the same amount of energy units, in the 200s of kWh per year, but the much higher price of electricity compared with gas makes electric ovens far more expensive to run.
On average, gas ovens cost around £9 a year to run, whereas electric ovens cost around £44 a year, so installing a gas oven gives you an annual saving of £35.
There are other factors to consider. A microwave, for instance, can offer a cheaper way to cook than by oven, and sometimes cheaper than a hob.
Halogen ovens (pictured below) also make bold claims about the amount of energy they save. They can roast a chicken in 30 minutes and use 75pc less electricity than a conventional electric oven. When you combine this lower use of power with the 50pc faster cooking time, the savings could, in theory, be reasonable.
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