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GREEN Grilling at Your Summer Barbecues and Picnics

  • Use less energy. Take advantage of the summer's garden-fresh produce to whip up salads and other side dishes that require little or no cooking energy.
  • When buying an outdoor grill, choose one that also has a burner feature. You'll be able to cook as well as grill outside, helping to keep your kitchen cool and minimize indoor air conditioning needs.
  • Consider an electric grill. If you barbecue frequently at home, consider replacing your charcoal or propane grill with an electric one. Electric grills generate far fewer air pollutants than burning charcoal, or even propane gas.

Tips if using a charcoal grill:

  • Use lump brands of charcoal made from invasive tree species or harvested from sustainably managed forests instead of briquettes, which may contain coal dust or other additives as binders.
  • Apply the minimum amount of lighter fluid (which contributes to air pollution) to ignite the charcoal.
  • Use a chimney starter to eliminate use of lighter fluid altogether. These metal cylinders are filled with charcoal and lit on fire using the aid of scrap paper at the bottom. Once the entire column of charcoal is lit, dump the charcoal onto your grill for a more eco-friendly barbeque.

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