If there is one aspect of civilization that we all loath, it has to be the consistently rising utility bills. I strongly suspect that they may be the reason that some tribes still refuse to come out of their cost-free jungle homes and into the concrete jungles what have us paying through our noses to live in.
Generally speaking, utilities include electricity, gas, water, garbage, internet, and cable.
The truth is that the volatile nature of utility bills, especially the most essential ones such as gas and electricity more than cable, for example, has us all continually looking for ways to save up on these costs. We could all do with a little extra in our pockets to put away for that eminent rainy day.
Alas, there is hope for humanity after all. Enter the electric portable hob; through its breakthrough induction technology, the new-age piece of innovation promises to take us into a better, more affordable future.
For most people, the very first glance at the purchase price difference between other traditional hobs or cook-top stoves is a very clear signal to simply opt for the hob with a cheaper purchase price. When it comes to hobs though, as with many other things in life, not all is as it seems. It would seem that your best investment, if you are looking to save a serious buck in the long-term, would be in the induction cook-top. This may seem paradoxical but is true because the induction hob is in fact much cheaper to run.
Overall, the first obvious difference between the cost of running a gas hob and an induction hob is the price of electricity per hour versus the price of gas per hour. But there are other costs that may not be immediately apparent.
In order to get a gas hob running, you would need to have gas running in the house. If you don’t already have a gas line installed in your house, this means that you would need to have gas supplied to your house. Installation of gas supply is a service that is paid for. This would translate into installation costs plus your regular gas supply charge, over and above your gas consumption cost.
But because electricity is supplied to your house anyway, regardless of whether or not you have gas supplied to your house, this means that you would be paying for two charges; gas and electricity. If you do not really have much use for gas in your home other than the class cook-top, these could be unnecessary liabilities.
Electric stoves that use conduction heating technology use quite a bit of electricity. This is because the traditional conduction electric cook-top wastes a lot of energy. Gas and electric cooktops heat indirectly, using either a gas ring or heating element to heat cookware from underneath. That beaming energy is then radiated on to your food. The result is that a lot of energy is "spilt" unto unnecessary spaces.
This can translate into higher electric or gas costs due to wastage.
Contrary to electric and gas hobs, induction is unique in that it uses electromagnetic current to heat pots and pans directly. It uses a chain of magnets that stimulate the iron atoms in an induction hob pan to produce heat. This is how the food in your pots is heated and cooked.
1. Induction heating
The fact that the induction hob heats the cookware directly means that there is virtually no energy wastage. In fact, the actual surface of the induction stove itself never even gets hot - let alone the kitchen space. The less energy is being emitted from your stove, the less energy is overall is being used and the less electricity you are consuming.
2. Induction hob speed
Some induction stoves come with an integrated power boost option. You can choose to have this feature on or off when you are cooking. The built-in feature will give you a 50 percent increase in power output. This will translate into heating and cooking your food up to twice as fast as you would with gas or other traditional hobs.
3. Induction hob safety
The induction hob is generally considered a much safer alternative to gas or electric hobs. This is largely due to its safety features including heat control (the hob itself never actually heats up), no gas emission, and automatic switch off on the induction hob not only saves you on gas and/or electric charges, but it could also save you a whole lot of money because of the reduced risks of accidents in the kitchen. This does not mean to toss out your insurance all-together, but you could certainly save on it.
4. Induction hob cleaning
The fact that the induction hob surface does not heat up means that food does not get baked onto the surface of the hob and makes it much easier to clean. In this instance, easier can also mean cheaper due to the fact that you would need much less special tools or detergents allocated towards the cleaning the induction hob.
Lifestyle, price and safety are key factors to consider when purchasing an induction hob. These futuristic cooking technologies are gaining momentum by the day and seem to promise even better cooking experiences for the world.
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