Simple ways to cook up summer energy savings

Simple ways to cook up summer energy savings

Keep your kitchen cool by firing up the grill

Vintage Duke Power energy efficiency cookbook

In the dog days of summer, small efforts to save energy can lead to big savings. Your air conditioner and electric cooktop are two of the biggest contributors on your energy bill, so why not give them a break when the weather is nice?

By using your outdoor grill, you’ll reduce the amount of energy your stove uses, and your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to keep your home cool. Experiment with baking on your grill this summer with a fun brownie recipe from a vintage Duke Energy cookbook!


What you'll need:

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup oil

4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted

4 eggs

1 cup flour, unsifted

1 cup chopped walnuts

2 tsp vanilla


  1. Blend sugar and oil.
  2. Add chocolate and eggs.
  3. Add flour and walnuts, then vanilla.
  4. Pour into a 9x13-inch greased baking metal pan and place on grill.
  5. Cook on low heat (325-350 degrees) with the lid in the closed position 20 minutes or until done.
  6. Cut into squares after brownies have cooled.

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