The primary factor that determines the cost-effectiveness of a stove is its energy efficiency rating in relation to its initial price. Other factors include the size and capacity of a stove relative to the cooking needs of a family and the presence of a natural gas connection in the home.
When buying a gas stove, not having a natural gas connection results in having to pay extra for a gas hookup. In such cases, the more cost-effective solution is to get an electric stove. The cost-effectiveness of energy efficient stoves is reflected in lower utility bills, despite the higher initial price in comparison to less efficient models.
When using an electric stove, ensure its cost-effectiveness by turning off the burners several minutes before the cooking time is up, making sure that the electric coils are functioning properly and regularly cleaning the reflectors and burners to improve the heating. For gas stoves, use a moderate flame to save money on the amount of gas used. When a gas stove is operating efficiently, it normally shows a blue flame. Seeing a yellow flame is a sign that repair or adjustments are needed to improve the energy efficiency. Another tip that increases the cost-effectiveness of a stove is to use cookware with flat bottoms and tight-fitting lids.