Do you have the creeping, sweaty sensation that every summer gets hotter than the last here in southern Louisiana? You’re not alone, and you’re not imagining things. Research has shown that the hottest states in the US have gotten hotter every year since 1970, warming more than 1°F per decade.
While the trend may seem hopelessly irreversible, there are steps we can take to combat these rising temperatures. For instance, making older American homes more energy efficient – just those built prior to 1970, the total US residential energy use could be reduced by 10 percent or more. Imagine the impact that could have on our gross national carbon footprint! Plus, greater energy efficiency means improved comfort and savings when bill time comes around.
Right now, there are many areas of the country that spend hundreds of thousands of dollars more on electricity than they should. Why? Inefficiency. Even more is wasted on unnecessary natural gas and heating oil purchases. Is there any way to reduce the waste? At Sunlight Contractors, we believe there’s a solution for every problem.
Today, we’d like to offer a few quick tips to help you reduce your energy loss this summer. Not only will the heat be less daunting, you’ll be moving in the right direction towards solutions for the national seasonal heating trend.
1. Find and seal air leaks. Sunlight Contractors offers free home energy audits that’ll help you identify where your home is losing air and energy.
2. Insulate your attic. You can reduce you energy waste by 30% or more just by having your attic properly insulated.
3. Invest in an energy efficient heating and cooling system. Though less efficient models may seem more affordable, in the end you wind up pouring most of your costly warm and cool air directly outside.
If you’re interested in a private consultation with one of our RESNET-certified Home Energy Raters, give us a call today! We take pride in being a part of the solution to these long, hot Louisiana summers.
Main Office: Sunlight Contractors, LLC 2323 Bainbridge St #110, Kenner, LA 70062 (504) 222-2082
New Orleans location: Sunlight Contractors, LLC 650 Poydras St, Suite 1400, Rm 33, New Orleans, LA 70130 (504) 302-0058