Post-Hurricane Opportunities

March/April 2005
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2005 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2005
Although coping with hurricanes is difficult, it does offer the opportunity to make homes more energy efficient and comfortable.
        When Florida was slammed by a record four hurricanes in the late summer of 2004, many homes were seriously damaged. Following the storms, the demand for repairs—including reroofing—far exceeded the supply of contractors who could provide such services. Meanwhile, many Floridians experienced power outages that left them without air conditioning, and suffered accordingly. Further, many homes sustained floor water damage— particularly in carpeted or wood floor areas.         Although coping with the aftermath of hurricanes is difficult, Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) looked to provide help by offering practical advice and applying research findings to those who were tackling repairs after a hurricane. Most homes can be made more energy efficient and comfortable,which is particularly advantageous in the event of power outages, and more resilient when facing future storms. Cool Roofs         One major repair that must often be made after a hurricane is reroofing. By choosing the right roofing materials, you can make your entire home cooler, which will result in reduced energy use when your air conditioner is on, and more comfortable living conditions when power is ...

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