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Old 01-22-2015, 10:13 AM   #1
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Induction Cooktop Energy Costs

I've been looking at portable induction cooktops for our new fifth wheel and was wondering how many dollars they would add to your electric bill. We're in our 14th year of full-timing and have found a lot of RV parks are now charging for electricity on their monthly sites. I have heard how energy efficient these cooktops are, and I already have cookware that would work, but I wonder if using them would jack up the electric bills each month. Let me qualify that by adding that I do the majority of my cooking in slow cookers.

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Old 01-22-2015, 10:50 AM   #2
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You can do a guesstimate...

Look at the labels indicating power use in watts.

Use spreadsheet or napkin to make rough idea.

With made up numbers for example...

Slow cooker draws 200 watts for 4 hours is 800 watt hours

Other device draws 1500 watts for 30 minutes is 750 watt hours

Cheaper to operate but you do more work maybe and different results.
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Old 01-22-2015, 08:00 PM   #3
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As far as a dollar amount, using the above equation to come up with a number of watts, take that number and divide that by 1000, that is the KWH number (what your meter reads and the power utility bills you for). Then multiply that by .15 (high avg KWH cost by power utilities with taxes). That would give you an approximate cost difference. There are "many" variables, but it would be a good starting point, when comparing one appliance to another.

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Old 01-26-2015, 06:53 PM   #4
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Induction Cooktop Energy Costs

Think of it like a microwave for cooktops. In the long run it will use less power as it cooks or heats faster and is more energy efficient. Power is not lost as heat to the cooktop itself or radiated into the environment. The biggest Platinum version use 1800 watts.

It is more efficient than restive electric cooktops and even if you use it for long period cooking like a crock plot it will use less power at an equivalent cooking temperature.
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Old 01-27-2015, 08:22 AM   #5
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I can not tell you (yet) how much it will add as I do not have metered electric,, but I just got a Big Boss induction cooktop for 47.00 (Shipping includd) from

I do know this.. I put my small skillet on it,, Press SEAR, and by the time I move the burger to the skillet it's hot enough (400-450 degrees) not so good with the 6 qt Dutch oven (I just bought one of those, genuine Lodge Cast Iron) But I have not tried cooking in the Dutch Oven yet (Got do do that later this week) I have used it with some smaller pans and it works well.

IF A MAGNET WILL NOT STICK TO THE PAN,, Induction cooktop will not work

One thing I like about the Lodge pre-seasonsed cast iron,, About the only thing that sticks to it is said magnet.

And a couple of real nice brand new T-Fal Professional skillets too (Magnet sticks, other T-Fals it does not). and my Basic Essentials "Chef's Pan" not nearly as good as the T-Fal's. but magnet sticks. So far that and the small lodge cast iron skillet is all i've cooked with.

Local kitchen supply closed for ever yesterday,, GOOD PRICES last weekend.
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It's amazing how fast a cast iron skillet heats up on those baby's. I have the 1800 watt model and thought all that iron mass would slow it down. Not so! It gets hot fast!
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:27 AM   #7
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Not sure if its super efficient. I would think it is. DW only uses the induction cooktop since we bought it 3 years ago.
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