Reduce fossil fuel use through the use of Mechanical Insulation
Insulators International Staff — Fri, Sep 2, 2022 @ 09:09 AM
Mechanical Insulators Labor Management Cooperative Trust (LMCT) Executive Director Pete Ielmini joined the America’s Work Force Union Podcast and explained how the proper installation and maintenance of Mechanical Insulation can help reduce U.S. fossil fuel consumption, which in turn, will help protect the environment.
Currently, fossil fuels produce roughly 90 percent of all energy used in the U.S., Ielmini said. He stressed energy conservation remains a national priority and Mechanical Insulation can play a critical role. The LMCT, he noted, strives to educate local, state and federal agencies on the energy savings properly installed and maintained Mechanical Insulation can achieve.
Most Mechanical systems in the U.S. lack about 10 percent to 30 percent of the Mechanical Insulation needed to be energy efficient, he added.
Ielmini also stressed the importance of educating leaders at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) about the energy-saving benefits of Mechanical Insulation. Heating and air conditioning units use significantly less energy and emit an estimated 70 percent less carbon emissions with the proper installation and maintenance of Mechanical Insulation, he explained. The installation of 50-feet of Mechanical Insulation around a steam pipe can result in a similar carbon reduction as removing 2,000 cars from the road, he added.
Remember the contributions of labor unions this Labor Day
Ielmini then reminded listeners about the true meaning of Labor Day and the rights achieved for working people by the labor movement. Labor Day is a celebration of workers across all professions, including construction workers, office professionals, nurses and teachers, he said.
Unions have won many benefits and opportunities for working people that are often taken for granted, such as the eight-hour workday, workers' compensation laws and the right to a safe workplace, Ielmini said