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    Earth Day innovations help protect the environment

    Earth Day innovations help protect the environment

    Photo By Master Sgt. Chris Botzum | One homeowner in nearby East Norriton, Pa. has a beautiful and functional solution to...... read more read more



    Story by Master Sgt. Chris Botzum 

    111th Attack Wing

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, pollutants produced by operating a gas-powered lawn mower for one hour are the equivalent to operating 11 cars for the same amount of time.

    What if you stave off mowing your lawn for a few months in the spring while your neighbors are busy cutting away?

    One homeowner in nearby East Norriton, Pennsylvania has a beautiful and functional solution to save time, money and impacts on the environment. His front lawn is more springtime flowers than blades of grass.

    “I started the lawn project about six years ago,” said owner, Kenneth Knight. “There’s about 14,000 bulbs planted in the front yard; Crocuses, Hyacinths, Daffodils and Tulips. The neighbors have already cut their grass twice this year, usually I don’t have to cut it until June sometime.”
    On-base ideas on protecting the environment are always in the development stage.

    “One of the energy saving ideas we’re exploring is using the waste oil and fluids from our vehicle maintenance shops to supplement building heating here,” said Lt. Col. Jacqueline Siciliano, Horsham Air Guard Station’s base environmental manager.”

    Last year, the 111th Attack Wing produced about 350 gallons of waste engine oil. The recovery, transportation and processing costs to the wing was $600.

    “A waste oil burner and heat exchanger would pay for itself in just a few years,” she said.

    Depending on the square footage of the area to be heated, these burners can operate on as little as 1.1 gallons per hour.

    This is just one idea here to help reuse, repurpose and recycle as the wing’s commitment to environmental protection remains strong.

    So, what innovative ideas do you have?



    Date Taken: 04.26.2018
    Date Posted: 04.27.2018 13:25
    Story ID: 274784
    Location: HORSHAM, PA, US 

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