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Field Report: Green Light New Orleans

Wow.  It’s getting hot out there.  As an AmeriCorps VISTA serving an energy efficient organization, it is becoming more and more apparent to me how energy inefficient cooling systems can be during the summer months.

Here are some summer tips (taken from Green Light’s very own Energy Saving Tips handout) on how to stay cool and save money on your energy bills:

  • Turning up the thermostat by just two degrees and running your ceiling fan counter-clockwise can help better circulate the cool air while reducing energy usage on the AC.
  • Setting your thermostat to 78 degrees or the highest possible setting that is comfortable for you can help save a few dollars on the energy bill.
  • Check, clean or replace air filters once a month during periods of high use.  This will ensure proper airflow, promote better health, increase efficiency, and save money too.
  • Close your blinds and curtains during the hottest part of the day (usually around noon) to block out heat generated from the windows (green house effect).
We invest our energy in people and assist New Orleans residents face to face, one household at a time. Our volunteers install free energy efficient light bulbs to demonstrate that a mass movement of individual actions creates a significant impact on our environment and community.We aim to connect New Orleans residents to relevant, local opportunities and encourage individual actions so that everyone can benefit from a vibrant, resilient, and sustainable community.
Check out the Green Light Blog! www.10000peopleforneworleans.org/wp

– Cynthia Corrales, AmeriCorps VISTA Visit Green Light New Orleans, to learn more about the outreach program and volunteer opportunities in your area.

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