Photos by Bruce Hunter Who needs fossil fuels to stay warm when you can burn locally grown sawdust, dirty corn, wood chips and grass pellets? Warwick hosted a parking-lot demo to see the cutting-edge pelletizer that might be heating two of its public garages in the near future. Two Pine Island farmers have already committed to donating hay to feed the beast.
A government grant footed the bill for the demo. The town could save $7,000 on fuel each year to heat its Department of Public Works garage, and expects it would break even in five years.
Intrigued? Homeowners, too, can curl up next to glowing (odorless and smokeless) farm waste. A residential pellet boiler costs up to $10,000.