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Are Gas Ranges Cheaper to Operate?

About 35% of Americans find themselves cooking on a gas range, according to the American Gas Association's (AGA) Residential Natural Gas Market Survey, January 2010. This big number will continue to get bigger as people experience the precision a gas range offers by allowing the complete control over the amount of heat one puts to the food.

The benefit of direct control is hard to argue with, but beyond that, gas or electric ranges are practically the same.

There are arguments that cooking with gas is less expensive than cooking with electricity, but that is debatable since the cost of energy varies greatly from state to state, and even from city to city sometimes. Look back that the AGA's statistics - in the Northeastern part of the United States, statistics show 48% of homes use gas ranges.

Compare that to only 22% who use them in the Southern United States and it is clear that gas is more economical in certain areas in the States than others.

If you are looking to buy a gas range for the money you feel can be saved throughout the years, you will want to check the energy costs in your specific area. Utility companies post this information on their websites, so it is easy to compare the prices between the two.

You should also consider the set up of your home. Most U.S. homes are designed with 240-volt power supplies, but many are not equipped with gas lines. The cost of this installation also needs to be factored into your decision.

Buying a new range is not a life-altering decision, but it is still worthy of careful consideration. As with any investment you make in your home, you ultimately must weigh out the pros and cons as they pertain to you.

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