It is summertime! And there’s just something about the sunshine and an ice cold drink that makes the perfect setting for an outdoor kitchen. The only drawback to grilling outdoors is that it’s not exactly the best for the environment. Now that doesn’t mean you have to give up your king of the grill role, but there are ways to make grilling a more green experience.
What’s the Most Eco-Friendly Type of Grill?
There are three types of grills: charcoal, electric, and gas. Of these three, charcoal is considered the worst for the environment, even though it comes from renewable resources. When charcoal is burned, it releases 11 pounds of carbon per hour and contributes to air pollution. It contains substances that when burned can be harmful to breathe in. This can worsen chronic heart and lung problems.
Electric grills aren’t much up for debate, just because they are hard to come by. But for the sake of comparing them to their charcoal and propane counterparts, electric grills are operated by burning fossil fuels. They put out a whopping 15 pounds of carbon per hour. Electric grills are not only terrible for the environment, but they are also not as efficient as charcoal or propane.
Gas grills are a win-win all around. They are considered to be one of the best grills for the environment. Propane puts out the lowest amount of carbon, coming in at 5.6 pounds per hour. Propane is not only eco-friendly, but it is also the most efficient of the three grill options.
What are Some Other Ways to Make Your Grilling More Eco-Friendly?
Not everybody is in the market for a new grill. If you already have a charcoal grill, there are ways to be more eco-friendly without shelling out a lot of money. Instead of getting conventional briquettes try opting for lump or natural charcoal that are more environmentally friendly, free from additives such as coal, borax, and sodium nitrate.
It is said that the amount of people who fire up their grills on the 4th of July alone, will have released enough energy to power 20,000 households for an entire year. The numbers are astounding to think about, but if we all do our part to reduce our carbon footprint, the world will be a better place.
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