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Definition and Product of the Week 06.12.2010

Windmill Blade on a Truck

 

by Hilary Sopata 

Each Saturday, we post a definition and a product of the week so that you can learn more about going green and what makes particular products green. This week, we’ll define GREENHOUSE EFFECT and the product of the week is a WINDMILL. 

Definition: GREENHOUSE EFFECT (in our own words) 

Have you ever been inside a greenhouse?  Well, generally it is warmer in a greenhouse than outside because the sun shines through the glass and the heat builds up inside.  This same thing happens in a larger way with the earth.  Certain gasses like carbon dioxide (CO2) build up in the atmosphere and, just like the glass of a greenhouse, block heat from escaping the planet’s atmosphere.  CO2 comes from many sources like automobile emissions and burning things like trash, fossil fuels, and even yard waste.  Green plants and trees “breathe” CO2 and convert it to oxygen.  Clear-cutting trees and converting open spaces to housing and strip malls also contributes to the problem of CO2 levels building up in the atmosphere. 

Product of the Week: A WINDMILL 

Okay, so you probably already know what a windmill is.  But, check out the picture above to see one blade of a modern windmill on a truck bed.  If you look in the background, you can see a second one.  These things are huge!  At a rest stop near a large windmill farm off of I65 in Northwest Indiana, three trucks were parked with these windmill blades presumably part of the continuing effort to grow this already large windmill farm nestled (if that is the right word for things so large) among crops growing in farm fields.  This photo gives you scale and perspective for exactly how large a modern windmill really is.  Proponents might say that large windmill farms are efficient and powerful.  Those against them might say that they are ugly and can’t compare to the quaint look of windmills used by the Amish and Dutch and that they need a lot of wind just to get the blades going.  What is your opinion? 

For more information about ordering this product or any of the products mentioned on our blog, contact Interior Visions Designs at 847.825.0450. 

Source: Photo taken by Hilary Sopata Copyright 2010

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