Carrie T. in Port Huron, Mich., writes: My husband and I are building our dream home. When it comes to our stove and ovens, we don’t know whether to go with gas or electric. Any suggestions?

Heloise says: Generally, you should pick what you are used to. If you have cooked only with gas, then electric may be a whole new learning curve. Here are a few things to consider:

•?Smooth-top electric stoves are easy to clean, and the coil stoves are, too. Gas stoves are a little more difficult to clean because of the heavy iron grates.

•?Electric ovens are drier than gas ovens; gas gives off moisture.

•?Gas stoves/ovens offer instant heat, both on and off.

•?Both natural and propane gas are inexpensive and save money in the long run.

•?Gas ovens are hotter at the top.

•?Electric stoves usually are less expensive than gas.

If the cost of the appliance is a factor, electric is the way to go. If you cook and bake a lot, you may want to go with gas. You most likely will be living with the appliance for a long time, so choose wisely.

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