Easy way to heat your home free forever !–Biomass briquettes
Which is better: recycling all your paper, or soaking it and making briquettes to burn and so reducing the need for heating oil deliveries?
Every time we put out a kilogram of paper to be recycled we are effectively saving 3-4 kilowatt hours of energy – and 30 litres of water – from being used to make new paper out of virgin timber, according to environmental charity WasteWatch. That’s the potential saving. But what it doesn’t say is how much energy it takes to turn that old paper back into paper ready to be reused. (It’s also worth bearing in mind that 51% of our recycled paper is sent abroad for processing.) Soaking, processing, and transporting recycled paper is clearly an energy-intensive business. Plus, the process isn’t infinite: paper can only be recycled about five times before the fibres degrade beyond use. [Read more…]