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What is an Energy Audit?

A home energy audit is the systematic review of the interior and exterior of your home to determine it's energy use and the potential for savings and efficiency.  A certified Charleston home energy auditor will thoroughly examine your residence (approx 3-4 hours) using sophisticated monitoring equipment.  Audit data will be collected, analyzed and presented to you in a report outlining specific actions that will lead to lower energy bills.

Energy audit benefits:

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The Home Energy Audit Process

Step 1 - Pre-audit Interview

Your Charleston energy auditor will run through a series of questions regarding any known problem areas of your home.  Be sure to highlight any future expansion plans you may have or specific goals you would like to achieve.

Step 2 - Exterior Inspection

Examine the outside perimeter of the home, including building orientation and vegetation affecting shade and windbreak.

Examine all areas of potential air leakage, including doors, windows, skylights, roofing, chimneys, attic, siding, and heating/air-conditioning units.

Step 3 - Interior Inspection

  • First Floor - Inspect thermostats, seals, glazing, weather stripping and locking mechanisms of windows and doors, and any floor anomalies.
  • Upper Floors - Inspect attic for seals and insulation around hatches, lighting fixtures, ventilation ducts, fans and ceiling anomalies.
  • Basement - Inspect for age and fitness all appliances including washer, dryer (all connecting hoses), water heater, furnace, basement wall, and all air ducts for sealing and insulation.

Step 4 - Inspection Equipment used for Infrared and Blower Door Testing

Blower Door Test

Your Charleston energy audit contractor will install a special door fitted with a very powerful fan (blower) to suck air from the house, causing it to depressurize.  Special monitors will track the amount of air that enters the home through cracks, seams, drafts and other holes in the building's enclosure.  This blower door test will also measure the quality of the indoor air and any moisture or condensation problems.

Thermal Image Scan using a Forward Looking Infrared camera (FLIR)

A powerful tool in the energy auditors hands is the FLIR, or Forward Looking Infrared camera.  This device produces a thermal image of your home, pinpointing the areas that need more insulation or need to be sealed.  The thermal image of your home is a road map that enables energy audit contractors to successfully apply insulation to the most critical areas of your home.

Step 5 - Homestar Energy Audit Report

Your home energy auditor will compile a comprehensive report detailing the areas in your residence that can be repaired, insulated and sealed to boost your energy efficiency.  The Homestar report will also outline repairs to your heating and cooling appliances or recommend replacements.

Step 6 - Repairing, Replacing, Relaxing

With your energy audit pros report in hand you can choose to do the recommended repairs yourself or hire a contractor to do the work.  In some cases the firm that made the recommendations will also be able to provide the follow-up service.

Once the repairs are done you will enjoy energy savings in the range of 10-40% depending on the condition of your house before the audit.  You can feel satisfaction in saving money, saving energy and saving the earth - all at the same time!

You can speak to a Charleston energy audit consultant by clicking the link and filling out the form.

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