Save money & the environment with these tips

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)  It’s our Earth Day show and Chiara Favaloro, Aliza Heeren, Lexie Vining and Katie Costantini with the Center for Ecotechnology share ideas for energy savings.

Turn a Tile into a Coaster

Materials

  • Tile from EcoBuilding Bargains
  • Water-based sealant
  • Recycled paper cut out images
  • Felt or cork for the bottom
  • Glue gun and glue sticks

Steps

  • Put Water-based sealant on tile
  • Place the image on the tile
  • Cover in water-based sealant again
  • Let dry
  • Glue felt or cork on the bottom

Renewable Energy | Are these statements true or false?

  1. Renewables are more expensive
  2. We can’t rely on renewable electricity 24/7
  3. Wind is a very powerful energy source
  4. I can’t support renewable energy unless I live right by a wind turbine or solar panel array
  5. Wind turbines is no louder than a common house-hold refrigerator

Wheel of Waste! |Which items can you throw away?

  • Rechargeable battery
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Cell phone
  • Meat
  • Styrofoam bowl and plastic spoon
  • Tire

Vermicomposting 101

We will have three plastic bins: one with the starting worm habitat, one with finished compost, and one that shows how to harvest the compost

  1. Step 1: We create a habitat using browns and greens and red wiggler worms (not any other species)! (hold up worms) Browns include things rich in carbon like leaves, twigs, paper, and cardboard. Greens include things like green grass and leaves and fruit and vegetable scraps. You can’t put meat or dairy in a home composting system. You want three parts brown to one part green.
  2. Step 2: This is a bin with finished compost, which takes 6-12 weeks. As this was forming, we had to make sure it got enough air because the worms and microorganisms need oxygen. If there is not enough air, anaerobic organisms will take over and produce nasty odors. We also maintain moisture. The compost should have the moisture of a wrung out sponge. You also need to make sure there is drainage. This liquid can be used as a liquid fertilizer! You guys can add some more food scraps!
  3. Step 3: once we have finished compost, we move it all over to one side and fill the other side with the new habitat. We stop feeding the original side and the worms will move over to the new habitat so that we can harvest the compost or ”black gold”
  • You can put these bins inside your home in a cool, dark place. If you compost outside in your yard, you don’t need to add worms.
  • Compost can be used in your garden, lawn or potted plants. You save money by reducing trash costs, reduce CO2 emissions from need for trash transportation, and save methane emissions that are released from food waste in landfills!