Most homeowners are tired of paying huge bills monthly and often decide to go in favor of cheaper, unconventional sources of energy. Butter power could become an affordable, original solution for an inspired farmer from Juniata County.
The source of inspiration is the Pennsylvania Farm Show, organized every year, proving that sand sculptures are so yesterday while showcasing exceptional works of art made of butter, NPR
Even though this show might seem like a wasteful event, the organizers and participants have thought about ways of greening it up.
Turning waste or, in this case, perfectly edible ingredients, into a source of energy is a path widely explored to minimize the oil and coal dependency.
After the show, Steve Reinford, an eco-conscious farmer, will take the sculpture home, melt it down and convert it into a valuable source of methane, burned by an engine to obtain green electricity.
By doing so, Reinford will be able to save some money while supplying its farm with enough power for up to three days. Apparently, this is not the first time when he makes the best of unconventional resources to become energy independent. So far, the farmer succeeded in using leftovers to obtain earth-friendly electricity.
In fact, this remarkable path turned out to be much more profitable than Reinford had ever imagined, since he managed to sell some of the extra power to the grid and transform waste into a cash cow.
In less than a month, the sculpture can be converted into energy through a few easy-to-follow steps. This initiative reflects how things that are no longer needed can be used further to power homes all across the Globe. Nowadays, the waste-to-cash system takes many forms and provides encouraging results in different countries.
For example, Eco-Wiz
, an innovative machine transforming food waste into water, is currently being improved and commercialized in Korea.
Tough times ask for creative measures. In this case, Steve Reinford's actions indicate that even works of art can be further exploited outside exhibits, to power households in an efficient manner.