Hurling a sledgehammer at the dry wall is a handy way to add storage space for a growing collection of books, beanie babies, or sledgehammers. Explore subtler household improvements with today's Groupon: for $200, you get a home performance packet from Go Louisiana Green (a $500 value), which serves homes throughout the New Orleans metro area.
Go Louisiana Green’s home performance packets employ a battery of tests to seek out and plug the energy leaks that plague the average home. With blower-door and duct-pressurization tests and endorsement from the Union of Grandfathers Who Always Shut the Door When the A/C is On, Go Louisiana Green's techs measure the air tightness of a home’s doorjambs, windows, and chimneys, identifying the holes, leaks, and poor connections that can cost a dwelling up to 30% of its air. The infrared-imager test pinpoints precious heat’s most favored escape routes, and the energy-tech test puts water heaters, refrigerators, HVAC systems, scale replicas of Tokyo, and other power hogs through their paces in an effort to find the most cost-effective upgrades. After the tests, Go Louisiana Green's expert energy auditors work up a customized home performance packet, chock-full of analyzed data and recommendations for efficiency investments that can save the average homeowner $500 per year or more.