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Ashland electric utility pays customers to switch to induction cooktops

The city of Ashland will pay Ashland Municipal Electric Utility customers to switch their cooktop from gas or electric to induction, the city announced Wednesday.

Residential properties can receive $150 for switching from electric and $200 from gas. Commercial properties can receive $350 for electric and $400 for gas.

According to the city of Ashland website, “Induction cooktops heat pots and pans directly through an electromagnetic field. The magnetic field strikes the iron molecules in your cookware, producing heat. This heat is only transferred between the coil and the pan, allowing induction cooking to be faster, more precise and more efficient.”

One drawback of an induction cooktop is that only cookware containing iron can be used. Glass, copper and aluminum cookware will not work.

For those who would like to test an induction cooktop first, three portable units and cookware will be available to loan at the Ashland library this summer.

The initiative joins Ashland’s weatherization, heating and cooling, water heater, and washer and dryer programs, monetarily incentivizing people to make their homes more environmentally efficient, pushing the city closer to its goal of producing zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“We’re really excited to have another program that promotes energy-efficiency and helps meet our greenhouse gas emissions goal,” said Bridgette Bottinelli, climate outreach coordinator for the city of Ashland.

Reach Mail Tribune news intern William Seekamp at wseekamp@rosebudmedia.com.