Tommy Nobis Center Recycling Partnership
When the Tommy Nobis Center embarked on an ambitious venture of electronics recycling to help clear landfills and put people with disabilities to work, Bardi jumped in feet first to help. We funded a radio campaign to promote electronics recycling, donated tractor loads from commercial clients, as well as picked up donated electronics from homes free with any service call.
Bardi has helped save over 100,000 pounds of waste from Atlanta's landfills.
Environmentally Friendly HVAC Solutions from Bardi
- Today, environmental protection is among the top priorities for the government, many consumers, and many companies. That’s why at Bardi, we’re leading the way—using our expertise to match products that meet our customers’ environmental concerns, as well as government requirements.Energy efficiency and refrigerant leak control are perhaps the two biggest issues affecting Bardi today. Both state and federal governments are working on regulations relating to these two issues that will have profound impact on our business and our customer.
- California sets the pace: Currently California is leading the way on energy efficiency regulations. The federal government is following that lead and will be using California’s regulations as a national standard.
- Global Warming Initiatives: People are becoming more aware of the global warming issue everyday. They see the evidence of global warming, such as glaciers melting and the reduction of the polar ice caps.
As public awareness grows, so will federal and state regulations affecting air conditioning contractors. In 2006, the California legislature passed the California Global Warming Solutions Act which empowers the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Certification is BIG: Technician certification is another issue facing our industry. California is proposing a ban of small canisters of refrigerant so that the do-it-yourselfers cannot buy refrigerant. The reasons are that it is believed that DIYers will leak more refrigerant because they are not trained properly. Also, they fear that a large percentage of the refrigerant will be emitted to the atmosphere when the DIYers attempt to charge their system. Some states are considered a requirement that all technicians be NATE certified….All of Bardi’s Quality Technicians are certified.
Contractors and their technicians must be familiar with proper refrigerant management. Section 608 of the U. S. Clean Air act requires the repair of refrigerant leaks that exceed 35% of the total capacity of the system. Fines have been levied by the EPA for non-compliance.
- Free Tips to Stay Green Outside and In your Home
- Program the thermostat – Programmable thermostats allow them to reduce output when they’re not needed, and can reduce energy bills by $100 per year or more.
- Plug air leaks – This simple step can go a long way toward keeping the home at the desired temperature, saving money on heating and air conditioning bills.
- Tune Up the HVAC System – Having a checkup for the HVAC system evey year makes sure that it is running efficiently. Link to residential PMA
- Choose Energy Star appliances – Energy Star qualified products meet a high level of energy efficiency, which can translate into savings on electric bills.
- Reduce water use – Use less water by adding aerators to sink faucets and changing to low-flow showerheads.
- Buy local – Buying local produce reduces the amount of fossil fuels required for the transportation of products from other parts of the country or the world.
- Use low-VOC products – Improve indoor air quality by switching to products that don’t give off volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
For additional energy-saving tips, visit the U.S. Green Builidng Council’s website at www.usgbc.org