Welcome! Advanced Energy has been providing free homeowner guidance to North Carolinians since 2004 at the request of our North Carolina utility members: Duke Energy, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives and Dominion Energy North Carolina.
Here at Advanced Energy at Home, you will find helpful information and advice on improving energy efficiency, comfort and indoor air quality in your home. Together, we can work to ensure that all homes are healthy, safe, durable, comfortable, energy efficient and environmentally responsible.
We all use energy in one form or another in our homes, whether electricity, gas, kerosene or even oil. Ideally, this energy usage is not an expensive shock when each month’s utility bill arrives. However, keeping track of the growing number of devices that plug in, on top of our existing appliances and electronics, can be dizzying. Fortunately, there are a number of ways – both simple and more advanced – that we can work to lower our utility bills and improve our energy efficiency.
Many homes built on crawl space foundations in the Southeast suffer from poor moisture management. Symptoms are most often noticed in the humid spring and summer seasons but can occur at any time of the year. Often, the heating and air conditioning contractor is the first person the residents call to deal with the problem. Typically though, the problem is not due to a failure of the air conditioning system; it results from poor moisture control in the crawl space.
We are surrounded by moisture. There’s rain from above, water from below, humidity, household moisture generated from breathing, plants and cooking, and more. However, we do have control over a few key areas: where and how our homes experience moisture from the outside and the inside, and the choice of materials used at these locations.
The buildings we live in affect our health in many ways. In recent years, research has linked poor health impacts to characteristics of the building environment, including the presence of moisture, airborne volatile organic compounds, allergens, particulates, radon and combustion byproducts such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Increasingly, public policy makers like the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy have sought to improve home conditions to enhance the health of the constituencies they serve.
Do you need help solving a residential energy issue? Advanced Energy at Home provides educational information, help with prioritizing next steps and guidance on finding qualified contractors. Our goal is to support North Carolinians by improving the quality and expectations of work completed in the residential energy industry.
Referrals to contractors can be provided in certain geographical areas and for certain types of work. We maintain a list of contractors we trust and know well (though not a comprehensive list of all available contractors) and typically refer those who have participated in our programs or trainings. We have no financial connection to the companies we recommend.
North Carolinians can find a list of reputable home performance contractors through our Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.
HVAC contractors trained by Advanced Energy and credentialed to work in the ENERGY STAR® Certified New Homes program can be found here.
Contact us for additional information or to ask a residential energy question.