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Induction Cooking Open House in San Rafael

A hands-on demonstration set is for May 16; incentive programs are available.
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San Rafael, CAInduction cooking is gaining in popularity as more residents are looking to cut gas usage and upgrade kitchen appliances. Coincidentally, local governments like the County of Marin are encouraging such climate-friendly conversions to reach sustainability goals.

Marin residents can get a free hands-on, in-person demonstration with induction cooking from local chefs Andrea Quinn, Diane Wheeler, and Lisa Ham at the open-house style event called Sizzling Summer Flavors: Master the Potential of Induction Cooking. It’s taking place at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen, and Lighting Galley in San Rafael (530 Francisco Boulevard West) on Thursday, May 16, from 4 to 6 PM. The event is hosted by the counties of Sonoma, Marin, and Napa, part of the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN). 

As the chefs demonstrate, attendees can watch, taste the food, and learn more about induction cooking and other electrification projects. Organizers ask that attendees register online prior to the event. 

What is induction cooking? Induction stovetops and ranges use electricity to power a magnet that directly heats cookware. It’s more efficient than traditional “hot plate” electric stoves and provides more cooking control. Attendees will receive a showcase of the capabilities of induction technology and learn tips and tricks to improve their culinary skills. 

Another reason for the increased interest in induction cooking is the number of incentive programs available. Residents can receive funding to help pay for induction stovetops and ranges through programs like BayREN, the Inflation Reduction Act, and the Electrify Marin program from the Sustainability Division of the Marin County Community Development Agency.  

The event aligns well with the goals of the Marin County Board of Supervisors and the mission of CDA’s County Sustainability Team, both of which support healthy, safe, and sustainable communities while preserving Marin’s environmental heritage. The Sustainability Team has developed programs to promote renewable energy, address climate change, encourage green building, recognize green businesses and implement energy efficiency projects in schools, special districts, cities, and towns. The policies and programs will ensure that Marin is healthy, vibrant and sustainable for many generations into the future. 

Switching out gas cooking appliances can also improve indoor air quality, as documented in this Lawrence Berkeley National Lab study

Stay connected with the Sustainability Team via on FacebookInstagram, and X (Twitter), the event webpage for workshops and community events and the quarterly newsletter. Contact the office via email with questions on our programs or to request more information. 


Page updated May 3, 2024