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Now we're cooking...with a scientist and a doctor; attend BayREN’s induction cooking program this Friday

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The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is hosting a lunchtime conversation from 12 – 1 p.m. this Friday (Aug. 19) to break down the benefits of induction cooking. Register for the event here: cookingwith.eventbrite.com.

The event brings Indoor Air Quality Researcher, Rengie Chan from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Dr. Marjaneh Moini from San Francisco Bay Physicians for Social Responsibility Board Member, and Rachelle Boucher, induction cooking expert chef, to discuss the following questions:
•    What affects indoor air quality in the kitchen?
•    How do indoor air contaminants affect health?
•    How to improve indoor air quality and reduce health impacts from cooking?

Induction cooktops are, on average, three times more efficient than gas or electric stoves. Induction cooktops can be safer than gas cooktops, which when not properly ventilated, can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

Gas stoves release 2.6 million tons of methane, more than three-quarters of which leak from the appliances when they are not in use, according to a January 2022 Stanford study. 

To BayREN, induction cooktops are one of the key appliances that can help drive the push to electrification and greenhouse gas reduction. As of last week, BayREN is now offering an increased rebate of $750 when a natural gas stove is replaced with an induction range or cooktop – an offer that both homeowners and renters can take advantage of. 

BayREN is a coalition of the Bay Area’s nine counties — a network of local governments partnering to promote resource efficiency at the regional level, focusing on energy, water and greenhouse gas reduction. Special thanks to PG&E and the Food Service Technology Center for hosting this event.