However, it turns out that having a combustible heat source with an open flame in your kitchen might not be such a good thing – and emphasizing this point may be what ultimately persuades consumers to ditch the fuel. fossil. In January, researchers at Stanford University published a study that found that gas stoves leak methane even when turned off. And while we cook, concentrations of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide can exceed national air quality standards, according to a 2020 report from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Nitrogen dioxide is linked to increased rates of asthma in children.
“Indoor air quality is something people are focusing on more than I’ve ever seen before,” said Kelly Dougherty, president of FirstService Energy, the sustainability group of FirstService Residential, a company property management. “As we think about where we live and where we work, indoor air quality is becoming increasingly important to us.”
The American Gas Association, however, argues that federal agencies such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the EPA have taken no action to limit the use of gas appliances. “There are no documented respiratory health risks from natural gas stoves from regulatory and advisory agencies,” Meyer said.
There may come a day when induction cookers will be the default cooktop, the staple that has turned the rest of our homes into electrics. It’s a niche product right now, accounting for just 3% of stoves or cooktops used by Americans, according to a February Morning Consult survey, which also found interest for technology has remained stable between 2021 and 2022, with a third of respondents saying they are likely to consider getting started. Induction stoves are also more expensive than gas, starting around $1,000, while gas stoves start at around $500.
“Induction cookers are quite expensive now, but they’re going to get cheaper very soon because that’s where the market is heading,” said Pallavi Mantha, senior sustainability consultant at Arup, an engineering and development consultancy. sustainable and green building. . In the meantime, Ms. Mantha sees a need for more public education so that when someone’s stove breaks they shut down before replacing it with another gas model. “There’s definitely a lot of education and awareness to be done,” she said.
But the early adopters are here – and some of them are finding surprisingly cheap solutions, like induction hotplates, which can cost less than $100 for a single burner. In Jackson Heights, Queens, Alex Armlovich and Erin St. Peter are trying to figure out how to install an induction hot plate without sacrificing what little counter space they have in their tiny kitchen.
Mr. Armlovich, 31, a senior research associate at the nonprofit Citizens Budget Commission, is excited about the prospect of capping the gas line and no longer having to pay a $17 monthly delivery fee. But Ms St. Peter, 31, a portfolio manager at the US Treasury, is trying to figure out how to actually fit it. The couple could ask the landlord to remove the stove from the apartment, leaving a hole in the kitchen where they could slide a trolley or even a dishwasher and put the hot plate on it. But they are afraid of imposing too many demands on their owner.