The most basic electric stove uses a minimum of 4,800 watts of electricity when all its burners are turned on. The actual kilowatts consumed by the appliance varies significantly depending on the size of the burners, heating technology and how they are used during cooking.
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Burner Size and Wattage
Electric stoves often feature four or more burners of varying size. Small burners use 1,200 watts of power, while medium burners consume 1,500 to 1,800 watts, according to Consumer Reports. The largest burners on an electric cooktop may use 2,000 to 2,500 watts or more, making them useful for boiling water or heating larger pans.
Cut electrical consumption while cooking by matching burner to pan size. The U.S. Department of Energy reports that 40 percent of heat generated is wasted when you use a 6-inch pan on an 8-inch burner. Save even more energy by covering pots and pans with lids to keep heat in and replacing worn or damaged burners.
Induction Stove Wattage
Induction stoves use electricity to generate a magnetic field and heat food. This technology allows you to fine-tune the wattage from 100 watts for simmering to 3,000 watts or more for boiling.
Emily Beach works in the commercial construction industry in Maryland. She received her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008 and is in the process of working towards an Architectural Hardware Consultant certification from the Door and Hardware Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.