Energy savings have never been tastier

We all know that air conditioners work overtime during summer months. This is especially true if you spend a lot of time cooking. This season, you may want to reconsider where you’re making your meals.

Regular use of kitchen appliances like ovens and stovetops can make air conditioning systems work even harder to keep your house cool. Ovens alone can raise the temperature in your kitchen by 5-10 degrees. That might not seem like a huge difference, but it’s enough to really cost you when it comes to cooling costs.  

To be more energy efficient while enjoying sunshine and great weather, consider using a grill for some of the cooking you may traditionally do on the stove or in the oven. Besides being a delicious and healthy alternative, outdoor grilling is a great way to save money.

Before you run out and invest in the newest grill, do a little research. As is true with many household appliances, like refrigerators and stoves, all grills are not created equal.

When selecting the perfect grill for you, there are four basic options to choose from: gas grills (that use natural gas or propane), electric grills, charcoal grills (using manufactured briquettes or “lump charcoal” made from chunks of charred wood), or grilling on a wood fire.

The most energy efficient option is a wind- or solar-powered electric grill. If you don’t have one of these “green grills,” a gas grill using natural gas is the next cleanest, most energy efficient way to for you to barbeque. Charcoal is the most expensive option for outdoor cooking.

Now that you know what you’re looking for, get set up for lots of summer barbeques. If you decide to run a natural gas line to your grill, check with your local natural gas provider for assistance. Some utilities offer a service to hook the line and grill up for you, and others have lists of qualified contractors who can help you out.

If you unable to get a gas line to your grill, you can purchase pre-filled propane tanks to hook up to it. This option will allow you to cook in the same manner, but it is less energy efficient than using natural gas.

In 2016, the average American household spent over 2 percent of their annual energy expenditure on cooking. The simple changes mentioned above are easy steps that will help to lower your energy bill.

For more information on energy efficiency and money saving tips, visit Black Hills Energy ‘s Keeping Energy Affordable blog.

Information from Black Hills Energy
May 2017