Takoma Park residents can now borrow portable induction cooktops for up to two weeks, as part of the City’s 2035 net-zero emissions goals.
“Induction stoves, unlike gas stoves, use electricity and emit no on-site greenhouse gases,” the City said in a press release. “A reduction in the level of greenhouse gases is beneficial not just for the City’s climate goals, but also for your respiratory health. Prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution, especially emissions related to cooking, can worsen asthma in those who have the disease and increase the risk of childhood asthma.
“Other benefits of induction cooktops are that they boil water faster than their gas counterparts, provide precise temperature control, and are easier to clean. Induction cooking uses electromagnetic waves, rather than a flame or electric coil to heat a pot or pan. For induction to work, you must use pots and pans that are magnetic, such as stainless steel and cast iron. A compatible non-stick pan is included with all the City’s cooktops in case your cookware is not compatible. Induction cooktops also have little to no residual heat – making them the safest cooktop option for people with children as there is no flame or hot surface.”
Takoma Park encourages residents that borrow a portable induction cooktop to do a boil test and share their experiences, by timing how long it takes to boil cold tap water in a side-by-side comparison between their existing stove and the induction cooktop. Tag #SustainableTKPK on Twitter with your videos and results.
Residents can call (301) 891-7633 to check if a cooktop is available or join the waiting list for one. Cooktops can be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the City’s Public Works Department at 31 Oswego Avenue.
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