Top 7 Ways to Green Your BBQ This Summer – Guest Blog from www.greenkick.ca
Ah, it’s summer time! The BBQ and summer time go hand in hand.
But did you know that 60 million households are expected to fire up the grill over every holiday weekend this summer. Together, they’re expected to release about 225,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. As large as this number is, it doesn’t take into account the fact that lots of us will be taking advantage of sunny weather throughout the summer and grilling on other occasions, too.
Here are some ways you can GREEN YOUR BBQ and save some money too!
1. BBQ Choice: Use a propane, gas, or electric grill. These three grills burn more efficiently than charcoal or wood, which means cleaner air for you to breathe and fewer pollutants released into the atmosphere. Electric grills as they release 99% less carbon monoxide and 91% less carbon dioxide than grilling with traditional charcoal. Natural Gas Grills burn the cleanest fossil fuel, with a lower carbon footprint than propane. Be sure this option is engaged, if it is a feature on your grill. Or Choose a HYBRID GRILL: Yes it’s true, they are the Rolls Royce of green bbqs, but so worth it.
2. Avoid Fluids/Charcoal: Lighter fluids and self-lighting charcoals release petrochemicals into the atmosphere – substances that can contribute to the human cause of climate change.
3. Pre-Heating Is Not Needed: Most grills only take five or ten minutes to warm up. Don’t lose track of time and let your grill preheat for longer than necessary. Conserve fuel and energy.
4. Clean Your Grill Regularly: A clean grill means less smoke (and less pollution) during your next event. Use a good scrub brush and microfiber cloth together with a solution of vinegar and water to clean your BBQ.
5. Ditch the Plastic/Paper Dish ware: Use re-usable utensils, cups, plates, etc. Take them with you for picnics etc. too.
6. Buy only what you need: Count up your guests, and buy food only for that number to ensure that leftovers don’t go to waste.
7. Compost: Don’t forget to compost what you don’t eat.
Michele Partridge is a mom, wife, blogger and drama coach. After working for a green cleaning and organic products company, Michele became a green living expert, helping people live a healthier, more eco-friendly lifestyle. Her advice will save you money, time and your family’s health. Visit Michele at www.greenkick.ca