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How to Make the Switch from a Gas Stove to Electric

Ready to get gas out of your kitchen? Believe it or not you can make the switch right away, or wait until the end of your gas stove’s life and then replace it with an electric stove.

So how do you go about electrifying your kitchen? We’ve put together a step-by-step guide to help you make the switch to a safe, clean, efficient electric stovetop.

Switching to an Electric Stove? Follow These Steps.

  1. Check the amperage on your electric box. 
    Electric and induction cooktops require between 20 and 50 amps when in use, so make sure the amperage service to your home can accommodate a new electric appliance. You may need to increase the amperage service to your home, especially if you’re making a long-term plan to electrify your whole home. 
  2. Find out if you’ll need to install new outlets or circuitry to accommodate an electric stove. 
    Set this up in advance, so if your gas stove breaks down you’ll be ready to install an electric one right away. A combination of an electric cooktop and oven use between 220 and 240 volts. Learn more about how to meet the proper requirements from Service One’s blog post, Can You Switch From A Gas Stove to Electric?.
  3. Be sure to check for rebates.
    Check to see if your city, county, state, or utility offers rebates or incentives to help cover the cost of replacing wasteful gas appliances with efficient, electric ones.  
  4. Pick your stove! 
    There are a number of different models available: an electric stovetop, an induction stovetop, or a stovetop-oven combo. The cost of gas and electric stoves is roughly the same. Find the option that works for your budget, space, and style. Check out this list of best induction cooktops from The Spruce.
  5. Make sure you have a professional install your new electric stove.
    Have a licensed electrician install your new electric stove. As for your gas stove, take it to a local recycling center or ask a private company like 1-800-JUNK for help.
  6. Be sure your pots and pans are compatible with your new stove.
    If you opt for an induction stove, you’ll need stainless steel or cast iron pots and pans, which receive induction magnetic heat transfer. Not sure if your pots and pans are compatible? Hold a magnet up to them, if it sticks the pots will work on induction. 
  7. Enjoy cooking on an energy-efficient, clean, and safe stove top! 
    For more information on how to make the switch, visit Rewiring America’s Electrify Everything in Your Home guide. You can go one step further by switching to renewable energy through your utility provider. Some great options include Clean Choice Energy and Green Mountain Energy.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it possible to make the switch from gas to electric in my kitchen without breaking the bank?

A: There are affordable options when it comes to electrifying your kitchen.

If cost is a concern, stick with an electric stove, which starts at around $698 at Home Depot. Induction stoves are the most efficient but still typically more expensive, but there are ways to reduce the cost. For example, you can save up to $600 off of the listing price with a Costco membership. If you live in a city, consider other options such as Craigslist, OfferUp, or Facebook Marketplace to strike a deal. 

If replacing your gas stove isn’t in the cards right now, you can reduce your gas stove use with other smaller electric appliances that are more affordable. Electric kettles, electric pressure cookers or slow cookers, and portable induction burners are all lower-cost ways to transition to electric cooking. In addition to being clean and safe, electric appliances are also more efficient than gas stoves.

Cooking with induction, for example, is more than twice as efficient as cooking with gas. The cost of a decent portable induction burner starts as low as $45. Check out these lists of top portable induction burners from Wirecutter and CNN. Keep in mind that on Amazon or eBay, you can sometimes find these appliances used, offering greater savings and sustainability.

Q: I am a renter and my landlord is in control of my appliances. What can I do to switch from gas to electric?

A: If you live in a rental with a gas stove, here are 7 Strategies to Get Your Landlord to Buy You New Appliances from thekitchn.com.

These include:

  1. Negotiate before resigning your lease.
    If you are resigning a lease and the landlord has increased your rent, use it as an opportunity to negotiate for what you want - an electric or induction stove. You can even use this moment as an opportunity to share some of the new research showing the dangers of gas stoves.
  2. Agree to move in sooner.
    Consider offering to move into your unit sooner than the original lease date if the landlord replaces the appliances.
  3. Commit to your landlord.
    Offer to sign a lease for 18 or 24 months in exchange for new appliances. 
  4. Pay some rent in advance.
    If you can swing it, offer to pay some rent in advance in exchange for a new electric stove.
  5. Choose your battles.
    This one goes without saying, but it's important to pick and choose your battles with your landlord. For the sake of your health and family, consider making this something you are willing to go to bat for.
  6. Do some research and offer to split the cost.
    See if your landlord is willing to split the appliance costs with you. You can even go through the extra effort and price out some units before you present the idea. 
  7. Consider taking on some chores.
    Is there labor your landlord would be willing to have you do in exchange for a new appliance? Shoveling a snowy sidewalk looks a whole lot better when you can make yourself a cup of hot chocolate on an electric stove. 

If you have already moved in or have signed your lease, follow the relevant steps above. If all else fails, consider offering to pay for the cost of installation or to take on disposing of the existing gas stove sustainably as another way to get your landlord to make the switch.

Q: What do you do if your landlord says no or if your rental home doesn’t meet the necessary electrical requirements?

A: If your home does not meet the necessary electrical requirements to install an electric or burner stove or if your landlord simply refuses to entertain the idea, you may need to get creative.

Contract a professional to help you with installing your own base kitchen cabinet. Then place lower voltage induction plates or portable induction burners on top. Safety first! It is possible to cap the gas valve safely, but again this must be done by a professional.

Another option is using a stove cover to create more counter space. Use portable induction burners that can also be placed on top of the cover or elsewhere in your kitchen.

Q: What cooks better? Gas or electric stoves?

A: There is an expensive, decades-long in the making, fossil fuel industry-funded PR machine that has led people to believe gas stoves perform better than electric and induction stoves.

No one likes cooking on a hot coil – but those are the electric stoves of yesteryear. The technology of modern electric stoves–and in particular induction stoves–has dramatically improved. Modern electric stoves allow for much greater temperature control, and induction stoves can be set to a specific degree for precise cooking. Because induction stoves transfer heat directly to the pot your food is cooking in, it can boil water in half the time.  

Watch Chef Chris Cosentino’s YouTube series debunking myths about all-electric induction cooking. Chef Chris also points out the public awareness about the health, safety, climate, and cooking advantages of electric appliances. 

 

READY TO DO MORE?

Tell Congress, it's time to the potential health effects posed by gas.

While individuals can take steps to reduce the effects of exposure to chemicals from gas stoves, solutions at the individual level are costly and not always accessible. That's why we must pressure our elected officials and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to act in support of policy that mitigates potential health risks posed by gas stoves.