Published on: Friday, June 3, 2022 News

Borrow a portable induction cooktop now!


Residents of Takoma Park can now borrow a portable induction cooktop to see what all the hype is about. Cooktops are available to check out, for up to two weeks.

Pickup Location & Time

Public Works Department
31 Oswego Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Days: Monday – Friday
Time: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Why Cook with Induction?

The City encourages the use of induction cooktops to meet our 2035 net-zero emissions goals. Induction stoves, unlike gas stoves, use electricity (learn how to get 100 percent renewable electricity: and emit no on-site greenhouse gases. A reduction in the level of greenhouse gases is beneficial not just for the City’s climate goals, but also for your respiratory health. Prolonged exposure to indoor air pollution, especially emissions related to cooking, can worsen asthma in those who have the disease and increase the risk of childhood asthma.

Other benefits of induction cooktops are that they boil water faster than their gas counterparts, provide precise temperature control, and are easier to clean. Induction cooking uses electromagnetic waves, rather than a flame or electric coil to heat a pot or pan. For induction to work, you must use pots and pans that are magnetic, such as stainless steel and cast iron. A compatible non-stick pan is included with all the City’s cooktops in case your cookware is not compatible. Induction cooktops also have little to no residual heat – making them the safest cooktop option for people with children as there is no flame or hot surface.

The City encourages you to do a boil test and share your experience. Time how long it takes to boil cold tap water in a side-by-side comparison between your existing stove and the induction cooktop. Tag #SustainableTKPK on Twitter with your videos and results.

You can learn more about electrifying your cooking and other fossil fuel-based systems in your home at and keep an eye on the City website for the next round of Electrification Grants this summer!


You can call 301-891-7633 to check if a cooktop is available or join the waiting list for one.