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What’s wrong with gas hobs?

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Gas hobs could become a thing of the past if recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change are implemented.

What could this mean?

What is wrong with using gas hobs?

Gas hobs and gas boilers use fossil fuels which produce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to global warming.

This is a problem because the UK is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 based on 1990 levels.

This has recently become even more of a problem as emissions from housing suddenly increased by 1% last year, which is believed to be due to reductions in the installation of household energy efficiency measures.

Gas is cleaner than coal, but it is still bad for the environment.

What are the alternatives?

To reduce these emissions the committee has said new-build homes should be banned from connecting to the gas grid.

Instead of gas hobs these homes could be equipped with electric induction hobs and homes could be warmed using heat pumps.

An induction hob produces heat using copper wire coils which create an electro-magnetic field underneath a glass ceramic surface.

Heat is only produced when a pan with a magnetisable base is placed on the cooking surface – pans made of copper or aluminium will not work.

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According to the Committee on Climate Change heat pumps produce efficient electric heating by operating “like a fridge in reverse”.

Where a fridge’s temperature is kept low by the evaporation and cooling of a liquid, heat pumps can be used to take thermal energy from the air outside, where it is compressed. Heat is then transferred into the home using a series of coils.

The Renewable Energy Hub says heat pumps are efficient because they don’t depend on the burning of fuel to create the heat.

Heat pumps use electricity, which in the UK often comes from fossil fuels, but this could be made more environmentally friendly if the electricity is powered by solar panels.

There are currently around 160,000 heat pumps in the UK with annual sales of around 20,000.

The Committee on Climate Change says this is significantly lower than in other countries and points to Italy where 1.5 million heat pumps were sold in 2016.

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Will my gas hob be taken away?

The Committee on Climate Change said people shouldn’t worry about throwing out their current hobs and gas boilers.

They are recommending that no new homes are connected to the gas grid by 2025 at the latest.

Government advisers want gas hobs to be banned from being installed in new homes within six years.

The committee sets out the need to decarbonise heating in existing homes by 2050, through low-carbon heat networks, heat pumps and/or by piping hydrogen through the gas network instead of natural gas.

Has gas been banned elsewhere?

Last year the Dutch government introduced regulations which prevent new homes connecting to the gas grid.

It wants all residential buildings to be off gas by 2050, reducing CO2 emissions from all residential buildings.

Large cities like Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Utrecht have signed a Green Deal, hoping that over the next few years gas-less neighbourhoods will emerge.

What’s next?

Although tackling existing homes will be difficult and expensive in the short-term, money could be saved on gas bills in the long term.

The committee wants the government to consider the renovations as a national infrastructure priority, akin to widening roads.

Government advisers say gas hobs should be banned from being installed in new homes within six years.

Ranges

The right stove makes a huge difference for life in the kitchen. It shortens your meal prep time, makes cleanup and maintenance a breeze, and above all, allows you to consistently create amazing and delicious meals with ease. It has the power to truly add another level of enjoyment to your cooking experience. Since it’s such a big part of your kitchen, it’s important to take the time to find the right one for you.

Types of Kitchen Ranges

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide what kind of range to get for your kitchen: gas, electric, or dual-fuel. When evaluating options, be sure to check which types of ranges your kitchen can support.

Gas ranges

If you already have a gas line installed, you’ll definitely want to explore the possibility of a gas range. Gas ranges heat up food quickly and give you the convenience of precise heat control. Look for models that have super handy features such as sealed burners and upswept cooktops for easy cleaning, pilotless ignition for fast and simple startup, and special simmer and high-heat burners so you can easily prepare a dish and a sauce at the same time.

Electric ranges

Available with coil or radiant cooktops, electric ranges provide you with consistent, high-quality heat, making them very suitable for everything from roasting a turkey to baking apple pie. Coil cooktops feature traditional coil elements that convert electricity into heat, making them economical, fast-heating, and usually fairly easy to clean. Radiant cooktops are equipped with radiant elements located directly underneath a flat, smooth surface of ceramic glass. They’re not only super easy to clean, but also tend to boast useful features like expandable elements for larger cookware and warming zones to keep your dishes at the desired temperature.

Dual-fuel ranges

Dual-fuel ranges use more than one fuel type, typically sporting a gas cooktop and an electric oven. They offer the best of both worlds, making them a popular choice for those who do a lot of cooking and baking. The electric oven generally delivers superior heat distribution, while the gas cooktop burners provide more precise heat control. If you’re considering a dual-fuel range, you’ll need a natural gas line for the gas cooktop and a 220-240V electrical outlet for the electric oven.

Kitchen Range Features to Consider

Now that you know what type of range works best for your kitchen, it’s time to look at some important features that will also factor into your decision.

Built-in ovens and slide-in or free-standing ranges

The space and setup of your kitchen will largely dictate whether you opt for a built-in oven or slide-in or free-standing range. Designed to fit nicely between cabinets, slide-in ranges have unfinished sides, generally come without a backsplash, and have all the controls located at the front. Built-in ovens are conveniently integrated into the wall and generally have a separate cooktop built into the counter. Free-standing ranges, with finished sides and a backsplash with all the controls, give you the freedom of placing them wherever you like.

Convection oven

Convection ovens are equipped with one or more fans that circulate the hot air throughout the oven to speed up cooking time and provide more even heat distribution. This gives you even better results for your baking and roasting.

Induction cooktop

Induction cooktops are popular because they’re safer, more energy-efficient, and easy to clean. Like smooth top ranges, they have a flat continuous surface; however, they also feature induction coils that create magnetic fields and transfer energy to your steel-based pots and pans to heat them up. The result is a faster cooking time with very precise heat control.

Capacity, style, and self-cleaning features

When shopping for a kitchen range, you’ll also want to decide on capacity. Take into account the space you have to work with and the amount of people who will be using the range. What’s more, keep in mind your kitchen’s décor when choosing a range, as you’ll want to make sure it goes with the general theme, whether it be stainless steel, black or white. Finally, it’s a good idea to consider ranges with self-cleaning features, as they can save you quite a bit of elbow grease.

Whatever direction you decide to go in, Best Buy can help you find exactly what you’re looking for thanks to its wide selection of ranges and ovens from great brands like GE, Samsung, and Frigidaire.

Want more info about ranges? Check out some of our resources:

Ranges and Ovens Buying Guide

Get Cooking with a GE Range

Cookers, ovens and hobs

No kitchen is complete without a few crucial appliances – and our cookers, ovens and hobs are exactly what you need to make sure you’re equipped to steer clear of the local takeaway and make meals at home, whether you’re a die-hard cooking fan or not. We’ve got all sorts of styles, ranging from freestanding options to built-in designs, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Our cooker buying guide has lots of information on cooker features and fuel types, so if you are not sure whether to go for gas, electric or dual, then let us help you make up your mind.

Refitting your family kitchen and decided to go with an integrated kitchen for an aesthetic that’s sleek and modern? Look no further than our range of built-in double ovens to complete the look. You might also want to check out our integrated cooker hoods.

Looking for a new hob for your cooker? We’ve got every kind you can think of – including ceramic hobs and gas hobs – but if you’re looking for an energy-saving solution you might find induction hobs are the one for you. These are ultra-economical, fast heating and it’s the base of the pan that heats up while the hob itself stays cool – so there’s less risk of burning yourself and no burnt-on food either!

If you are on a mission to find the perfect cooker, we’ve got a variety of gas cookers and electric cookers too if that’s what you’d prefer. Why not consider one of our spacious electric range cookers? Go for Beko if you’re after great quality on a budget, or check out our models from brands including Sterling Stoves and Rangemaster. Whichever you pick, these are a stylish addition to any kitchen and they’ll give you the scope to cook multiple dishes at once.