Is a Stove More Economical Than a Microwave for Cooking?


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A microwave is more economical than a stove when it comes to cooking most food. However, when using the burners on an electric stove to boil water, for instance, the range is slightly more economical.

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The reason microwaves are more economical for most uses is because they heat and cook much faster than a traditional oven, and their heat waves are focused. Information from the Energy Star program estimates that reheating or cooking small portions of food in a microwave may save up to 80 percent of the energy used compared to using a traditional oven. Keeping a microwave clean increases its efficiency, as well.

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