Electrification for renters

Healthy, all-electric kitchens — Renter edition

If you’re a renter who has a gas stove, you may be wondering how you can make the switch to healthier, energy-efficient kitchen appliances.

Unfortunately, as a renter, you may face some additional barriers that homeowners don’t have to worry about, such as not being able to change your appliances or make electrical improvements to your home. Despite this, electrifying your kitchen is still possible!

Join Noah Cordoba, Senior Policy Associate (BDC), renter and all-electric home enthusiast, as he tours an apartment showing options for renters in sustainable living.

Bring the kitchen to the countertops

Portable countertop cooking options for the kitchen are available for everything we do in the kitchen. They can deliver the dishes we know and love without the health risks of cooking with gas.

electric kettle on a countertop near a coffee pot

Water Kettles

two sandwiches on a small electric grill

Small Grills

bright, white kitchen with a microwave


person getting a croissant out of a small toaster oven

Toasters & Ovens

air fryer with the basket pulled out

Air Fryers

a person using an induction hob on a counter with a pot of water

Induction Hobs

electric kettle on a countertop near a coffee pot

Water Kettles

Talk to your building owner

Although not a route everyone may feel comfortable or be able to take, consider asking your landlord or property manager to electrify. If your gas stove is old and in need of replacement soon, this may be easier to do. Consider telling the story of why electrifying kitchens is important including:

Renters appliances

Countertop induction 101

Induction hobs can be placed on top of your existing gas stove to clear your countertops. To make cleanup easier, you can place something non-flammable and flat under the cooktop like a large baking tray or silicon mat to make the cooktop more stable and avoid dirtying difficult-to-clean metal grates. For added safety, some may choose to unplug the gas stove, switch off the gas line to the stove, or remove the nobs to avoid accidentally turning it on while cooking.

Induction hobs live comfortably on kitchen counters among the full suite of modern electric appliances like water kettles, microwaves, and more.