Grilling: A delicious and energy-friendly option for cooking
Steak, brats and veggies on the grill

Grilling and America go together like hot dogs, baseball and apple pie. There’s nothing like a sizzling grill on a summer day. But guess what? Grilling not only satisfies our cravings for great food, but it also helps preserve the environment. So, let’s fire up the grill and save energy!

The cost of staying cool

As refreshing as it is to feel the cool breeze of an air conditioner (AC) on a hot summer day, its energy consumption can be hefty. Depending on the model, it can consume as much energy as a marathon runner (and run almost nonstop), using anywhere from 0.48 to 5.14 kWh per hour. That is enough to make anyone break a sweat.

Did you know that millions of people add to their AC’s energy consumption without realizing it? How? By opening the oven door while cooking. According to the book “Bakewise” by Shirley O. Corriher, an oven can lose up to 150 degrees within 30 seconds. Where does all that heat go? You guessed it — right into your home. Plus, even with the door closed, your oven still radiates heat into your home since it has nowhere else to go. 

The solution: grilling

If you are looking to maintain a cool vibe and lower your AC’s energy consumption, head outside to the grill.

Rather than generating heat indoors, the heat is dispersed outside, reducing strain on the AC, which ultimately lowers utility bills. In addition, you will be chowing down in no time like a true grill master, as grills reach a toasty 375 degrees in just 5 minutes. Compare that to the oven’s sluggish 20-minute warm-up, and you’ll be laughing all the way to the butcher shop.

Tips for safe grilling

Make sure your next BBQ extravaganza is a sizzling success without any burns or mishaps. Here are some safety tips to follow:

  • Take it outside. Only use grills in the great outdoors.
  • Keep your grill at least 10 feet from any buildings or structures. 
  • Make sure your grill is on a flat, steady surface.
  • Stay close. Never leave your grill unattended while preheating, cooking or cooling down.
  • Dress for success. Avoid loose or long clothing that can catch fire.
  • Keep a water spray bottle beside your grill to tackle any little flames that flare up quickly.
  • Keep your cool with a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case.

Keeping your grill clean

Grills should undergo deep cleaning once or twice per year. Follow these steps to keep your gas grill in prime condition:

  • Burn away buildup: Turn on the grill, close the lid and set the heat to maximum for at least 30 minutes. This process will eliminate any remaining grease or food debris.
  • Scrub it clean: In a bowl, mix warm water with soap and dip a wire brush into the mixture. Scrub the grates to remove any carbon buildup.
  • Let it cool: Allow the grill to cool down completely before storing it. Now your grill is ready for your next barbecue feast.
  • Regular maintenance: In between uses, preheat your grill and then scrape it off with a wire-bristled brush before adding food.

Happy grill, happy life

In addition to keeping it clean, it is also important to regularly check the propane tank and replace it if necessary. Inspect the hoses and connections for any leaks or damage. Make sure the burners are free of debris and are functioning properly. Finally, covering your grill when not in use can help protect it from the elements and prolong its lifespan. 

Menu options are truly endless when it comes to grilling. Grab your apron, fire up the grill and get ready to impress your friends and family with your grilling skills while saving energy.