Cooking with natural gas may be hazardous to your health

In the United States, a 2017 kitchen audit by The NPD Group showed that 35% of households cook on gas stoves while 55% cook with electricity. And while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates outdoor air quality, it’s much harder to regulate what’s inside your home, and that’s the air you breathe most of the time: People spend up to 90 percent of the day indoors, according to the EPA.

What’s more dangerous in your kitchen: A bear, or a gas stove? The answer wasn’t what I wanted to hear.

Emily Kemme cooks in her Greeley home on her gas stove, a behemoth that she sold a car to buy. Now she’s considering giving it up. A couple years ago, we planned a family summer getaway to Aspen. My husband took on the task of scouting for a reasonably priced Airbnb in a town notable for sky-high vacation rentals. After an hour of surfing, he scored what he claimed was “The deal of the century.”

Offering a “taste of the modern alpine lifestyle,” the house was only $175 a night, boasting two bedrooms, two baths and a wrap-around deck.