With summer in full gear, you may want to think twice about lighting up your old charcoal grill for the grilling season. Propane and natural gas grills are more environmentally friendly than traditional charcoal grills because gas grills are more efficient, therefore gas grills release a much lower carbon emission. According to a study conducted in the UK, the carbon footprint of a charcoal grill is almost three times as large as a gas grill. Since the charcoal used in charcoal grills is actually usually a mixture of things like sawdust, corn starch, and lighter fluid, it can result in 105 times more carbon monoxide when it is burned than burning propane. So ditch the charcoal grill and upgrade to natural gas or propane one!
Written by: Lauren Henry, class of 2014