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July 09, 2010

The New Sustainable Grid

This is a guest post from the Global Warming and Energy Team Intern Edward Hill.

Smooth crispy lines that criss-cross in perfect symmetry, each individual panel soaking in that ‘all natural’ golden syrup, are all you need to serve up an entire grid of delicious sustainably. Waffles, that’s right, waffles.

 

Near Norcross, Georgia, the cradle from which our nation’s Waffle Houses leapt, managers are planning for the future by installing solar panels to help wean us off our addiction to dirty energy and move us towards a sustainable future. According to the Atlanta Business Chronicle, four solar powered water heaters, installed by First Century Energy, will provide nearly half of the restaurants daily hot water needs. Waffle House expects the investment to pay for itself within five years. Every week it seems that more and more businesses are seeing the long-term benefits of energy independence, even if at the individual level.

 

The Waffle House move marks another milestone among the many laid in the nation’s path towards sustainability. Congratulations, Waffle House, for helping to create a future where waffles might not be glutton-free, but will certainly be guilt free.

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