Myth: Wind Power is not creating jobs in America
Fact: U.S. wind industry employs more than 75,000 people in 2011
Myth: Wind is expensive
Fact: Investment in a wind turbine system can be completely returned in a two year time period on average. Several grant programs and funding methods are currently available, not to mention the federal and state tax incentives associated with implementation of new and necessary energy sources.
Myth: Wind energy is not growing
Fact: In 2011 Wind energy increased by 27%
Myth: Wind energy does not have many benefits
Fact: Coal is a limited resource just like oil. And both are detrimental to the environment, not to mention individual health. Wind turbines provide clean, quiet and efficient energy using the most renewable natural resource on the planet.
A report from Energy Information Administration shows that energy generated from wind turbines has increased 27% in the United States from 2010 to 2011. The chart below shows how wind can continue to increase.
1. Carpet – most carpet contains chemicals that can be very harmful if put into a landfill so it’s best to recycle carpeting. You can even donate carpet that is in decent condition.
2. Soap- many people around the world die from illnesses that could be prevented by simple hand washing. Check out http://www.globalsoap.org to learn how your left over soap can help.
3. Eye Glasses- there are many organizations who will take your old eye glasses and distribute them to those in need.
4. Hair- pet fur and human hair is actually compostable and recyclable.
5. Jeans- some companies use the fibers in blue jeans to insulate homes and appliances.
6.Crayons- you can simply melt used or broken crayons down and create new ones. It’s a fun project for kids to mix colors too.
8. Dryer lint and cotton balls- throw either of these into your compost or recycling bin.
9. Keys- the metal used in keys can be broken down for many uses.
10. Wine Corks- ReCork is using wine corks to create flip flops, flooring, insulation and much more.
Source: Kerry Kisslinger