What's the greenest way to boil my tea water?
June 6, 2012 8:11 AM Subscribe
What is the most environmentally friendly way to boil water for, e.g., tea?
posted by acm to science & nature (23 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I was surprised to discover a difference of opinion among my family members on this. One side says that boiling a kettle over gas is best; they have on their side the relative cheapness and cleanness of gas. The other side advocates boiling a cup in the microwave; it's also quicker, and you don't boil the extra water like you would in the kettle.
Thoughts? Ways to calculate or guesstimate this? (Let's stipulate that nobody else is having tea since you have your kettle brewing, and whatever other simplifications are helpful. Maybe there are always 2 cups of water in the kettle, given that some will boil off and you want to have enough but not waste energy.)