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What is the cheapest way to boil a pint of water for a cup of tea or coffee? Gas or electric? ???

For no particular reason I recon gas is cheaper, but am I correct?

The cost of boiling water can't be far behind the cost of heating the house, running a fridge\freezer and lighting!!

Any thought???

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• MATH
• By MATH 29th Nov 04, 6:40 PM
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MATH
What about the micro? I don't know which is cheaper but wouldn't mind finding out
• student100
• 30th Nov 04, 1:19 AM
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My first thought would be an electric kettle, because almost all the energy goes into heating the water whereas if you heat water in a pan on the hob a lot of the energy goes into heating the pan and a lot of heat is lost in the process. But this is just a slightly educated guess

I know gas is a lot cheaper for domestic heating so I suppose it could be cheaper to heat water in a pan that way, it's hard to work it out though. Would have defintely thought an electric kettle is cheaper than using an electric hob though.

Heating water in the microwave can be dangerous, because the water can become superheated and give you nasty scalds. If you're feeling brave, you could work out which is cheaper, microwave or electric kettle, by timing how long the same amount of cold water takes to heat in the microwave and in the kettle, then multiply the time taken by the power (in watts) of your microwave/kettle and compare the results. The smallest number will be the most efficient.
• mink35
OMG - my brain hurts at this time of night trying to make sense of that! Will have another read tomorrow when I'm more awake!
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• 16011996
• By 16011996 30th Nov 04, 10:46 AM
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16011996
i'm sure its kettles?
• catznine
• By catznine 30th Nov 04, 11:35 AM
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Whatever way I boil it I try to save the rest of the water, leftover after making a cuppa, into a thermos ready for the next cuppa. Don't always remember though!
• Lillibet
I do the thermos thing too ;D Hubby thinks I am bonkers but never mind....
I use an old-fashioned kettle on the gas hob, doesn't take up valuable counter space that way
• 16011996
• By 16011996 30th Nov 04, 12:45 PM
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16011996
i do thermos too, and if i boiling veg, i always boil water in kettle first, then pur over veg on hob.
• Galtizz
Knew I'd seen this somewhere else (HERE)

According to Crana9's teacher kettle is best.

I do the same as you 160, boil the kettle to put in the pan to go on the hob. But I do it because I'm impatient not cause it's cheaper, and it's normally aagghh I forgot to put the pasta on and now the sauce is ready hurry up and boil kettle :-[
• 16011996
• By 16011996 30th Nov 04, 1:57 PM
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16011996
yep thats me galtiz, i forget pasta (and rice) til last min all the time.
• franky
i do thermos too, and if i boiling veg, i always boil water in kettle first, then pur over veg on hob.
but would be cheaper to boil in pan for this
because veg etc would start cooking while water is heating up
• MATH
• By MATH 30th Nov 04, 6:35 PM
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Root veg and things that take a lot of cooking cook quicker by starting them in cold water and letting the pan heat up. Delicate veg that you want to retain the colour of (Broccoli, spinach, fine beans) are better dropped into water already on a rolling boil. HTH
• 16011996
• By 16011996 30th Nov 04, 7:46 PM
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16011996
sorry, i should have clarified, i never do root veg (well rarely) on stove top, i tend to oven cook, so what i do boil on top is brocoli, spinach, cauli etc, which is better in hot as math says.

but yes, root veg prob better off in cold water.
• Woby_Tide
• 2nd Dec 04, 1:19 AM
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say&quot;Oooo my electric seems to have gone off and I'm just waiting for them to come and have a look at whats wrong, you couldn't just boil me a kettle so I can a have a cup of tea while I wait?&quot;
you cold also maybe add that you ran out of tea bags, milk and sugar and see how far you get

I think thats the cheapest way
• Savvy_Sue
• 2nd Dec 04, 2:03 AM
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Keep the kettle descaled: the water will boil quicker. And only boil what you need rather than a full kettle each time. And if your hot water comes from a combi boiler rather than a hot water tank you could let the tap water run hot then fill the kettle. But that might get more expensive if your water is metered, especially if your boiler is a long way from the kitchen.
• Savvy_Sue
• 2nd Dec 04, 2:07 AM
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Savvy_Sue
Thinking about it, the cheapest way is probably to build a fire in the garden and buy camping kettle. Or one of these from good old Hawkin!
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