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Insulating Raised Floors in Hot, Humid Climates

Posted: May 30, 2015

Do you live in south Louisiana and have a raised home? LSU AgCenter offers the summary of a study of the subfloor moisture levels of south Louisiana, raised-foundation homes with six different insulation systems includes the resulting recommendations – all intended to help homeowners, builders, architects, insulation contractors, home inspectors and others balance energy efficiency, co...


What do I do if my metal door begins to rust?

Posted: May 30, 2015

It's best to address the rust now before it gets too deteriorated. First, purchase a rust neutralizer and good quality exterior paint of a matching color. Follow the manufacturer's directions and neutralize the rust, and then apply two coats of paint, allowing each coat to completely dry before applying the subsequent layer.  Another tip would be to remove the weather strippin...


Get your Bi-Annual Check-Up (HVAC Maintenance Checklist)

Posted: May 11, 2015

This article comes directly from the Energy Star website, but is an invaluable tool in making sure your HVAC service company is making the most of their service visits and that you are doing all you can to maintain the units in your home. Take a look... Maintain your equipment to prevent future problems and unwanted costs. Keep your cooling and heating system at peak performance by having a con...


Solar Guide by LSU AgCenter

Posted: March 28, 2015

Are you thinking about adding a solar energy system to your home to generate electricity? If so, this consumer guide will help you explore various options, ask important questions and make a well-informed decision.  LSU AgCenter NEW! Solar Guide - A Consumer's Guide on Solar Power for Your Home.   ...


Domestic Water Heater Maintenance

Posted: March 19, 2015

DOMESTIC WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE Performing regular maintenance on your storage tank water heater can increase the useful life and efficiency of a water heater. The high operating temperature of water heaters encourages the precipitation of calcium carbonate, which settles and builds in the bottom of the tank. In gas-heated tanks, this sediment creates a barrier between the gas burner and the wa...


Leaky Ducts….what’s it costing you?

Posted: March 9, 2015

According to the national Department of Energy, “Typical duct systems lose 25 to 40 percent of the heating or cooling energy put out by the central furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner. Homes with ducts in a protected area such as a basement or dropped ceilings may lose somewhat less than this, while some other types of systems (such as ducts in attics or underneath raised homes&...


More Thoughts on Mold

Posted: February 27, 2015

Here is some more great information from Dr. Claudette Reichel of the LSU Ag Center Louisiana House Resource Center about how to get rid of mold growth in your home. LaGrange Consulting can also answer any questions you may have about moisture damage and can perform infrared and moisture scans with specialized equipment if you feel you might have a problem. Mold tends to grow where it is wet...


How do I know if I am hiring a good contractor or subcontractor?

Posted: February 11, 2015

                  Don't skip these important steps when hiring someone to work on your home: When hiring a professional subcontractor, make sure to ask for references. Check out other jobs that the contractor has completed and speak with past customers to see if they were satisfied with the contractor’s work, if they showed up w...


Recycling Heat

Posted: January 31, 2015

If you own or work at an office with computers or servers, it’s likely you’ve realized how much heat they give off.  In fact, most computers are equipped with a small fan which helps to dissipate the intense heat so as not to burn the house or office down. Thinking back to your ninth grade physical science class, you may recall that heat is just another form of energy…...