In 1970, Americans were driving large cars with massive engines that gobbled up leaded gas. There were no laws or regulations to prevent industries from producing large amounts of air pollution.
After witnessing the devastation of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin wanted to find a way to raise public consciousness about air and water pollution. Senator Nelson organized a “national teach-in on the environment” and with others, built an organization to promote events across the country.
As a result, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets and public squares to rally for a healthy, sustainable environment. In 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries. Since the first one in 1970, Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22.
There are many personal benefits to making your home more energy efficient. One of the most attractive is the financial savings that comes with using less energy. You may consider replacing your older air conditioning system. The HVAC systems on the market today are much more energy-efficient than ones made even just a few years ago.
To help you get started, there are even federal tax benefits available this year. If you install a qualifying energy-efficient HVAC system, you may be eligible to receive a federal tax credit of up to $300. This tax credit is scheduled to end December 31, 2013.
On top of the federal tax credit, you may be able to take advantage of energy company rebates. APS residential customers who replace their existing heat pump or A/C system could be eligible for $270 in APS rebates for high efficiency equipment and SRP customers are eligible to receive a rebate of up to $400 back for installing an energy-efficient A/C system.
Why not be a part of Earth Day this year? Just taking care of your Phoenix air conditioning system and making other small changes around the house can help you decrease your energy usage and save money.
Ready to “green” you air conditioning system? Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing, the largest Phoenix air conditioning service provider in Arizona, can help – contact us today! To schedule a maintenance, repair or replacement appointment visit our website or call (602) 943-3426 in Phoenix, (520) 618-1884 in Tucson or (505) 264-7257 in New Mexico.