EPA’s Tyranny Over the Household Appliance

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The EPA is going to tell Americans how long they can shower and what kind of lightbulbs they can have in their appliances but it won’t stop there. The list of things the EPA can regulate is as long as the list of things in existence.

Molloy College on Long Island periodically has meetings with leaders of L.I. towns. I was at one in which a young woman representing Vision L.I. said that L.I. had one of the worst carbon footprints in the nation. She listed a number of restrictions they planned for all new construction and then said this was only the beginning because the real savings are with homeowners who are the worst offenders.

When we hear about the EPA launching Draconian regulations against businesses like hotels, we must remember that it will eventually reach into our homes.

The EPA, a mob-style organization of unelected tyrants, is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotel guest uses to get them to “modify their behavior.”

An EPA grant to the University of Tulsa (our tax money) reads. “Most hotels do not monitor individual guest water usage and as a result, millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year by hotel guests.”

“The proposed work aims to develop a novel low cost wireless device for monitoring water use from hotel guest room showers,” it said. “This device will be designed to fit most new and existing hotel shower fixtures and will wirelessly transmit hotel guest water usage data to a central hotel accounting system.”

This should be good for business.

Because Americans must now cater to the whims of government, it is the government that will eventually decide how long we can shower.

The EPA says the average shower lasts 8 minutes and they want people to cut down by 1 minute or, better yet, 3 minutes.

They want to control your plant watering also.

Home Water Works, which is a project of the Alliance for Water Efficiency, is a Chicago nonprofit that has a voluntary and profitable partnership program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

They suggest watering plants with discarded cold water from showers that take a long time to heat up, and taking “navy showers.”

“The method [navy shower] requires three steps: 1) turn on water to rinse body and hair; 2) turn off water while shampooing hair and washing body with soap and washcloth; 3) resume water flow and rinse off all shampoo and soap,” the group said. “Using this technique, the total duration of water flow can easily be reduced to 5 minutes or less.”

The original cap & trade bill before Congress included such minute details as lights in appliances and recommendations for navy showers.

Water Sense has costly plans the EPA supports: they are planning a device they will require landscape irrigation systems to  regulate water pressure; establish specifications for water softeners; specifications for faucets, toilet flushes, urinals, tank toilets and pre-rinse show valves.

The EPA wants to control the lightbulbs in your refrigerator as if it will save the world from the supposed climate calamity awaiting us.

On June 27, 2013, the EPA revised its Energy Star requirements for residential refrigerators and freezers to encourage manufacturers of Energy Star appliances to include optional “connected” features.  With this feature, consumers can view real-time energy use, receive energy-related messages, such as an alert when the door has been left open, and manage appliance settings remotely.

In an e-mail to CNSNews.com, the EPA said:

“Today, utility initiatives with connected home appliances are mainly in the pilot stage. Product manufacturers and retailers may offer incentives for refrigerators or freezers with ‘connected’ features.”

“In the future, utilities may choose to offer incentives for customers to purchase products with ‘connected features’ and/or enroll such products in a demand response program,” the EPA says. “For example, one appliance manufacturer offered a limited time rebate for customers when they launched their line of smart appliances this spring.”

Eventually, the devices will be “connected” to energy providers so they can turn them off and on for us if we use too much energy according to them.

If you google “lightbulbs” on the EPA website, you will get 1,180 returns on regulations and how to clean up the new types of bulbs. It’s a royal waste of time and money.

The EPA often makes matters worse because they don’t know what they are doing.

Early in 2013, the EPA demanded commercial cellulosic ethanol volumes be blended into the fuel supply in the hopes that they can incentivize the industry into existence. The only problem is that the fuel doesn’t exist.

Then there were those ambulances that had new emission control systems that immediately shut down the engine if it wasn’t allowed to “regenerate”. It was a mandate of the EPA.

Last year, the EPA froze a Pentagon program to fight wildfires because of an agreement between the DOD and EPA to not allow the transfer of federal equipment failing to meet emission reduction targets. Government red-tape was standing in the way of first responders trying to save lives and property.

Thanks to President Obama’s climate action plan, the Department of Energy is pumping out new standards for refrigerators, dishwashers, air conditioners, ceiling fans, furnaces, boilers, water heaters, lamps and all appliances.

The cost of living and doing business in the United States is becoming cost prohibitive because of the government’s need to control every aspect of our lives.