A Safer, Cleaner, More Efficient Way to Cook

A woman cooking food on an induction stove

What if your stove could save you money and time while resulting in cleaner indoor air?

That’s a lot to ask of an appliance, but induction stoves are on the job. In addition to these benefits, they are also safer to operate around children. Let’s take a look at each of these benefits in more detail.

Cleaner air

Using induction burners can eliminate the indoor pollutants that come from gas stoves, which run on natural gas, a fossil fuel that is primarily methane. Burning natural gas inside can release chemicals such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and other pollutants into the home. You’ve probably heard in the news by now that gas cooking has been linked to increased risk of asthma in children, among other ailments.

You can avoid the the pollutants by switching to electric cooking, and you can get even better results in your cooking with an induction stove.

Graphic that shows induction stoves are 85% efficient and gas stoves are 32% efficient

Save money and time

More efficient than other types of stoves, induction stoves can cook your food faster. In fact, induction stoves heat food twice as fast as a gas stove. That’s a plus if you’re trying to get dinner on the table and feed a hungry family.

And because they work so much faster, they don’t use as much energy as other types of stoves. That can save you money. By contrast, gas stoves have a tendency to decrease in efficiency as they get older, which can cost more over the long term.


Induction stoves work through the magic of magnets. A coil under the burner generates a magnetic field, so induction burners need to sense a magnetic pan in order to work. Think cast iron, steel, and magnetic stainless steel.

Because they need something magnetic to heat up, these burners are a lot safer for kids. Children can’t accidentally turn on a burner without a pan.

Try it yourself!

An induction stove won’t make you a world-class chef, but with better temperature control, faster cook times and better air quality, they are an excellent choice for home cooks and professional chefs.

Try one and see for yourself! The City of San José offers a free checkout program for residents to try an induction burner and cookware for up to two weeks. If you love it, our friends at BayREN offer rebates for replacing your gas stove with induction.

Stay tuned for more stories, recipes, and opportunities to go electric in the kitchen.