Electricity From Used Vegetable Oil?


Several years ago I read about the problems restaurants faced with the disposal of used vegetable oil from cooking. If you have ever parked behind a fast food eatery you may have noticed a dumpster area for trash disposal as well as a container for storing used vegetable oil. The area is often tucked away behind the building to prevent the public from seeing and smelling the waste. Restaurants pay companies to haul away the solid and liquid waste.

I also learned many years ago that the diesel engine was invented by Adolf Diesel to run on peanut oil to help farmers with an affordable fuel source. Most diesel fuel now is petroleum based. Individuals can still run their diesel vehicles on vegetable oil by using a Grease Car type system or by converting the vegetable oil to biodiesel which requires a process and equipment using chemicals. I have always wanted to convert my VW diesel to veggie oil. Imagine free fuel that is also good for the environment and your exhaust smells like french fries.

Recently I have been thinking about generating electricity with used vegetable oilturning used vegetable oil into electricity from restaurants using a diesel generator. I was surprised to see that a company has developed such a product for restaurants to generate electricity and hot water from used oil. The unit even filters the waste oil prior to using it to generate electricity and hot water. The product is called the Vegawatt Power System. For more information visit web site.

We do not use  used vegetable oil at our inn to power the structures or heat water but we do utilize many eco-friendly methods.

To see the many ways we are known as Dahlonega’s Green Bed and Breakfast visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/green-bed-breakfast/

Wine in a Plastic Bottle

Since our inn is located in the North Georgia wine country our guests have the opportunity of tasting many different types of wine produced in the area. All the wines are bottled or packaged in the traditional glass wine bottle that we recycle at the recycling center or use for our wine bottle trees. We learned about wine in a plastic bottle.

An article in Tree Hugger that mentioned a California winery that is using one literwine in a plastic bottle plastic (PET #1) bottles to help the environment. The wine is called Fog Mountain. The wine is also organic. What would wine snobs think about wine in a plastic bottle?

The advantages of the plastic wine bottle:

• 33% more wine – two extra glasses – than a standard 750ml bottle
• 60% smaller carbon footprint
• Less energy to produce, ship and recycle
• 100% recyclable since the plastic is a number 1.
• 7 recycled Fog Mountain wine bottles can produce 1 extra-large t-shirt
• lightweight & shatterproof, no broken glass
• Perfect for picnics, barbecues, camping and life-on-the-go

Maybe one day we will see wineries in our area put wine in a plastic bottle.

Our North Georgia wines are in glass bottles like traditional wine. If you would like to visit our wineries we would love you to stay with us. For more information on the North Georgia wine region visit wineries.

To see the many ways we are known as Dahlonega’s Green Bed and Breakfast visit https://www.georgiamountaininn.com/green-bed-breakfast/