During the 4th of July, approximately 60 million barbecues are fired up across the U.S., consuming the same amount of energy it would take to power 20,000 homes for an entire year. This is a great time to consider ways to “green” your barbecue.
1. Choose a cleaner-burning propane or electric grill over one powered by charcoal, which contributes more to poor air quality. Better yet, try a solar oven or stove that avoids emissions altogether.
2. Buy sustainable fish and hormone-free meat for the grill, or skip the meat and mix it up with locally grown veggies or fruit.
3. Fight off insect invaders without chemicals. Bug sprays containing DEET can be harmful to your health and the earth, so opt instead for a natural repellant like lemon eucalyptus.
(Source: Sierra Club and re-purposed from the Fishers Town Talk, July 2012)