Filed under: Opinion | Tags: Baltimore Biomass, Baltimore Sustainability, Biomass Stoves, Mill Valley General Store, Pellet Stoves, Super Green
For those of you who missed it, “Super Green” was a sustainability fair that took place at the Mill Valley General Store this past Saturday in Baltimore. For more information about the fair, you can look at the post below. There were workshops on making rain barrels, vegetable gardening, solar power and biomass, food from the Whiskey Island Pirate shop and all of the goodies usually available at the store such as organic vegetables from One Straw Farm, Zekes Coffee and sustainably cultivated milk, cheese and meats. All in all it was fun, informative and I hope they do it again next year.
The thing I knew the least about, but learned a lot, was biomass. I really didn’t completely understand what it was, but thanks to George L. Peters Jr. who runs the Baltimore Biomass project, I came away with a lot of information. Basically, biomass is the fuel that is used to run the increasingly popular biomass or “pellet” stoves. Pellet stoves are gaining traction because, as stated on EPA’s website, “pellet stoves burn a renewable fuel made of ground, dried wood and other biomass wastes compressed into pellets. They are some of the cleanest-burning heating appliances available today and deliver high overall efficiency.” Additionally they have the potential of greatly reducing your winter heating bills and there is currently a tax credit available (through 2010) that offers 30% and up to $1500 cash back for the purchase and installment of a pellet stove in your home. Stoves generally cost $2000-$4000 and installation is around $500.
Baltimore Biomass, which is located in the Mill Valley General Store is a conveniently located biomass co-op that offers corn biomass that is grown locally using sustainable practices by Maryland farmers to area residents. For a link to Baltimore Biomass and more information about biomass stoves, click on the image below.
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