Thursday, April 13, 2006

My House Runs on Spinach

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Popeye the Sailor has long touted spinach for nutritious reasons but an architect on Bainbridge Island, Washington, thinks it could also be good for heating up homes.

Matthew Coates has just created blueprints for a home that saves green money by running on spinach.

Coates says spinach makes great fuel because the veggie is “a dark green, so it has a high potency of chlorophyll” to make energy filled protein from sunlight.

The spinach is edible but sealed up on the roof and works similar to a solar panel so it’s a great way to heat your home – as long as you don’t expect to make it a salad.

Coates’ idea will no doubt appeal to people upset with rising energy costs, but there are no plans to build a “spinach mobile.”

He says that’s because spinach doesn’t have enough “brute force.”

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