A Windy Experiment with Renewable Energy

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Xcel Energy. The opinions and text are all mine.


I am a huge believer in teaching kids about every day life.  Not just telling them, but showing them.  We love to do science experiments around here, and today was no different.  We live out in the country and have a ton of windy days outside where it just makes it miserable to go out and play because there is nothing blocking the wind.  We took this opportunity to learn about how wind power works.


I had the kids gather up random items.  We ended up with a paper clip, red heart, tissue paper, rock and a feather.  I gave the kids each a straw and told them to pick an item, and guess whether or not they thought that wind power would make it move or not.  It was fun to watch them decide what they thought would happen, then blow through the straw at that item and see if they were right.  I love how proud they are when they guess the right answer.  This was also a great activity to fit in when they are restless just before dinnertime, and with very little clean up, this is a hit for mom too!

 Homeschool Science, Wind Experiment

And then, because I have a 2 and a 4 year old, the questions came out.  Why does my wind make it move? Why won’t the rock move?  You get the idea.  I love this part because we have some great discussions about all sorts of things and they walk away with answers to the questions they had.  We talk about the environment often, and discuss ways to take care of our piece of earth, so this was a great time to talk about renewable energy with them.

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I am lucky enough that we live in an area where renewable energy is being used.  Xcel Energy is the #1 wind energy provider.  By utilizing the Windsource program, customers are able to choose how they want to use energy.  By paying a small premium, customers, both residential and business, can make the claim that they are powered by renewable energy.  Not only is this great for the environment, but it shows that as a business, you are being environmentally responsible.  Xcel Energy knows that by using wind power, consumers are protected against things like rising fuel costs.


To get started and take advantage of our natural resources, visit ResponsiblebyNature.com/Windsource.  You can start with one block a month which is the equivalent of powering the lights in a typical home for the month using renewable energy {this varies by home and location}.  You could also choose to be 100% powered by Windsource.   While I didn’t know about this program until recently, it is now on my to do list to find out more details, and hopefully sign us up!


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Xcel Energy. The opinions and text are all mine.