We have finally shoveled our lawns, many are breaking out the BBQ. If you haven’t…what are you waiting for? Baseball and softball season is underway. The days are longer. Do we really need another reason to BBQ? How about saving money?
For every hour you use your oven (at 350 degrees) it costs about .20 cents. Microwaving those steamed veggies for 2 minutes will add .07 cents to your power bill. Boiling water on your electric stove top will set you back .11 cents. By using the convection oven for 30 minutes will add a whopping .10 cents to your power bill.
No matter how old, your home appliances use a great deal of electricity. While they are more energy efficient than even 5 or 10 years ago. Even the most energy efficient appliances and electronics account for 20% of the average household energy bill.
Get out of the kitchen and instead use the grill. Unless you are a gourmet, everything tastes better on the grill. In addition even grilling is getting greener.
There has been considerable debate about which is “greener” charcoal or propane for grilling. Energy efficient grills are all the rage. Which ever your preference (charcoal or propane), using grills that retain the most heat will reduce how much fuel you have to use. Consider a ceramic grill-check out the Grilldome!
There are even a host of environmentally friendly BBQ briquettes available. Try coconut briquettes or natural wood briquettes.
What ever your choice of fuel for grilling, after this long, cold winter, we deserve a good BBQ. Our spring and summer is too short to not take advantage of all the outside family time we can get. So enjoy.