The City of Piedmont is collaborating with East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), Piedmont's local power provider to offer an induction cooktop lending program for Piedmont residents. The program started in April 2021. Any resident can try out induction cooktops for free.

The induction cooktop you can receive!

If you haven't heard of induction cooktops, don't worry--you're not alone. Watch this video to learn more. If you're interested, sign up to try one out for free. Induction cooktops are safer, more efficient, and better than natural gas cooktops. Try one out for yourself!

What is included?

In your cooktop package is: one single-burner induction cooktop (Max Burton 1800 Watt Digital Induction Cooktop, PN 6450), one 8” stainless steel stir fry pan, one 2¾ quart sauce pan, instructions on how to use and clean your cooktop, and additional educational materials about induction cooktops.

You can sign up using this Google Form. A City Staff member will be in contact to confirm your details and arrange a pickup time!

How the program works

If you are a Piedmont resident, you are eligible to try out one of our free induction cooktops! Here’s how it works:

  • Sign up for this program using this google form. Signing up is free and all you need is some basic contact information. If you cannot access the google form, you can also call a City staff member at (510) 420-3058 and leave your name, address, and phone number to be added to our loaning list. This is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so sign-up early!
  • A City staff member will contact you to confirm your reservation. Once contacted for your pickup, you can come to City Hall to retrieve the cooktop unit. For individuals with physical limitations, you can arrange a socially distant pickup and/or drop-off.
  • Use your induction cooktop! The cooktop can plug into any standard electrical socket. The cooktop will come with additional usage instructions, and there are some handy resources linked below. If you haven’t used one before, don’t worry--the induction experience is new for a lot of people. We encourage you to try using it for different things, such as boiling water, sautéing, or frying your favorite dishes.
  • After 2 weeks, you must return your cooktop unit to the City. Please be respectful of the loan timeframe. We want as many Piedmonters to have the chance to use the cooktop as possible!
  • Visit this link to learn more about how to use your induction cooktop, and what is included in the program

Helpful Documents

All of these documents will be included in your kit as well. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q: Do I have to pay to use this service?
A: No, you do not. This is a free opportunity to try out a new kitchen appliance.

Q: Why is the City doing this?
A: The City is pursuing this project because appliances that use natural gas (such as gas stoves) emit greenhouse gas emissions and are less healthy than alternatives. Electric appliances can use electricity that is generated from carbon-free sources. Replacing gas stoves with electric alternatives like induction cooktops is an important climate action you can take at home.

Q: Are there other ways to reduce my greenhouse gas emissions?
A: I’m glad you asked! You can check out another useful webpage here.

Q: I love my induction cooktop! Do you have any information on how to buy one?
A: BayREN offers a $300 rebate if you choose to purchase a new cooktop. There are a few types of induction cooktops you can install. The ones we loan out plug into a typical kitchen outlet. If you want a larger unit, you may have to change your electrical outlet. Do some research before making a final decision.

If you have further questions, please email, or visit the resources below.