While El Niño generally results in a milder winter for the Pacific Northwest, individual storms can bring severe cold or heavy snow to the area. Within this climatic landscape, the Latino community encounters unique challenges that impact their ability to take steps to protect their homes from extreme weather. Disparities in income, access to healthcare, quality housing, and increased exposure to pollution can hinder Latino families from quickly recovering from major storm events intensified by climate change.
Recognizing this gap, Energy Trust of Oregon in partnership with Latino news platform TV Jam and nonprofit trade association LatinoBuilt are providing energy saving tips and education to Latino communities. From common questions, such as how to find Spanish-speaking contractors trained to install and maintain new energy-efficient technologies, to the kind of do-it-yourself improvements renters and homeowners can start with, these tips can help you prepare your home and business for extreme weather conditions while enhancing energy efficiency and reducing your energy bills.
Tips shared by local community experts range from washing full loads of clothes with cold water and regularly changing your HVAC system’s air filter, to finding a local contractor certified as a Sustainable Home Professional to complete a home energy assessment and any major installations.
The following videos featuring local community experts provide more information and tips to kickstart your journey toward a more energy-efficient home.
Fernando Lopez of Arrows Home Air describes how a home energy assessment can help you identify ways to save energy at home, helping reduce costs and enhance home efficiency and comfort.
Mia Deonate of Energy Trust of Oregon shares how to apply for cash incentives and financial support to help pay for energy-saving home improvements.
Karla Pereyra of Primo Construction explains what to ask when looking for a Spanish-speaking certified contractor for installing and maintaining energy-efficient technologies at home.
Brenda Castillo of JC Pro Builders suggests simple yet effective DIY changes to help reduce energy costs at home.
Visit www.energytrust.org/mi-casa-en to learn more.