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Friday, August 28, 2015

Another Reason Wind Turbines Are Eco-Friendly | Family Economics

By Scarlet Paolicchi

Wind turbines at SC Johnson 

Many people are looking for eco-friendly energy solutions and we can all make a difference in reducing our carbon footprint by choosing greener energy options for home use. One great way to do this is to support products that are made with green energy choices such as solar power or wind turbines.

Wind turbines are becoming more popular as a renewable source of energy. In fact, the American Wind Energy Association recently revealed that in the United States, wind energy now produces enough electricity to power more than 9 million homes! This is pretty great news because wind turbines don't use any fuel to create electricity. Wind turbines just use wind to turn blades which connect to a generator and make electricity.  

The fact that wind turbines don't create carbon emissions puts them on most people's radar as clean energy. That benefit is twofold when it replaces carbon producing electricity generation. According to the American Wind Energy Association, in 2013, the electricity generated by wind energy in the U.S. resulted in keeping over 96 million metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) out of the atmosphere -- the equivalent of taking over 16 million cars off the road.

Turns out there is another reason that wind turbines are eco-friendly. Wind turbines need extremely little water to function which as this article in Mother Nature Network explains, can help fight the drought that many are experiencing in the West. Energy created in conventional power plants uses far more water than wind turbines do.

For all of these reasons, I was so happy to hear that SC Johnson uses wind turbines at several of its facilities. With a combination of wind turbines and cogeneration turbines, Waxdale, the company's largest global manufacturing facility and home of trusted brands like Scrubbing Bubbles®, Glade® and Windex®, is able to generate most if its electrical energy onsite. This translates to using clean energy to produce products.

Apart from the Waxdale facility in Wisconsin, SC Johnson has continued to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world by setting up wind power facilities in Michigan, the Netherlands, Arkansas and Mexico. The wind power from these turbines has contributed to the company’s renewable energy goals, which according to their recent press release, leaves them well on track to reaching their five-year goal of sourcing 33 percent of its global energy from renewable resources.

Did you learn something about wind turbines today? You may enjoy this fun kids craft for teaching kids about wind energy. Do you think about energy sources when you buy products?

Photo courtesy of SC Johnson.

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