So far, 221,904 people have induction cookers, but in some houses gas cookers are partly used to avoid raising the electricity consumption, according to some users interviewed by daily El Universo.
For example, Carmen Panchana, who lives in Socio Vivienda 1, in northwestern Guayaquil, uses her induction cooker in alternation with her gas kitchenette. She said that is because if she cooks all her meals with the induction stove, her energy bill rises.
“When cooking with the induction cooker we spend more than 80 kW of the government grant. We paid $ 5 and the first time we had to pay over $ 20 (not including the kitchen instalment),” said Panchana, noting they have chosen to cook 15 days with her induction cooker and 15 with her gas kitchenette to balance the electricity consumption.
Ruben Chevez has used his induction cooker for 6 months and its electricity bill rose from $ 12 to $ 39, including $ 23 of the monthly instalment he pays for the kitchen.