Ryan McLean

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  1. Nancy Davis
    April 15, 2019 @ 7:09 pm

    I’m glad you added the part about having solar electricity, as I recently switched to solar. I’ve been anxious to get a much needed new cooking range and was planning on a gas stove, but after watching yet another sad documentary on Fracking, I decided against it. You just verified what I was thinking. Fracking and the environmental effects of all natural gas production must be taken into account as well. So sad to not be getting gas, but I try to walk the walk as much as possible. Thanks for the article!

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  2. David Smithen
    August 16, 2019 @ 1:02 pm

    The solar-powered home’s “exception to the rule” is only a partial exception. If you pay for grid electricity, then it’s a sure bet that a large percentage of the electricity you consume results in significant emissions.

    Even in the best case scenario, where your solar powered home’s net grid power consumption is significantly negative, using your electric oven will result in less emission-free power being sent to the grid. In aggregate, that means more CO2 emissions.

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  3. Schuyler Kraus
    February 28, 2021 @ 7:51 pm

    Thanks for paying attention to the amount of energy lost from the power plant to the electric stove. That’s such an important consideration that most analyses leave out.

    That said, I wonder, are induction stovetops more efficient than gas ones? Or do they run into the same problem of energy lost from the power plant to the source? I know they are supposed to heat far more rapidly than conventional electric or gas stoves, so does that make up for the loss of energy?

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  4. Gary McNay
    October 13, 2021 @ 2:25 am

    As power providers switch to renewables, natural gas will always lose. That is the future. Many municipalities are banning natural gas in new construction. Solar power is cheaper than gas in many locations.

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