In 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, a book abut the harmful effects of pesticides on the environment. In it, Carson contended that pesticides would destroy wildlife, causing no birds to chirp during a Silent Spring. This book has been argued to be one of the starting points for the environmentalist movement. This movement took hold in the 1960’s and was a sizable political force. About eight days after Richard Nixon’s inauguration as President of the United States, there was a large oil spill on the west coast. This fueled (pun intended) political pressure on newly appointed President Nixon to act on behalf of the environment. In response, Nixon formed the Reorganization Plan No. 3 and sent it to Congress on July 9, 1970. Under the terms of this plan, a new agency would be formed called the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which would absorb the various unstructured departments scattered across the Department of the Interior, Health, Education and others which dealt with environmentally related issues.
Nixon defined the EPA’s role as establishing environmental protection standards, conducting research on the effects of pollution and how to control it, and recommending policy changes as such. Today, the EPA employs about 18,000 employees and is the governments sole branch dealing with all things environmental. Clean drinking water, proper waste disposal, dealing with radiation, air quality, and many other categories fall under the EPA’s jurisdiction.
In the 1992, the EPA started a program that specifically dealt with energy efficiency. Energy Star began as an effort to reduce energy consumption by consumers and by large factories, and became the international standard for energy efficiency. Its label started being added to computers and printers, but soon spread to essentially all household appliances, as well as buildings and other products. Its certification represents that the item being certified uses 20-30% less (!) than that which is federally required. It has begun to be used internationally, and claims to have helped save about $14 billion in 2006 alone.
The government has decided that it is important to become energy efficient. Why not you? Practecol sells simple products that help make your house more energy efficient. For example, we make weatherstripping that can split into any size and shape that you need, so that you can seal all of the small cracks and leaks around your doors and windows. This alone can save you $13 a year, just for 10 minutes of your time! Just a little bit of time and you can make your home more energy efficient- saving money and energy.
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