Advanced Energy
at Home

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.

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Crawl Spaces

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.

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Moisture

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.

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Indoor Air Quality

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.

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Need Assistance?

Do you need help solving a residential energy efficiency issue? Advanced Energy at Home provides North Carolinians with educational information, help prioritizing next steps and guidance to a contractor that is qualified for the job. Our goal in doing so is to support North Carolinians by improving the quality and expectations of work completed in the residential energy efficiency industry.

Referrals to reputable contractors may be provided in certain geographic areas and for certain types of work. Most commonly, we will refer contractors that have participated in one of our programs or trainings. We do not maintain a comprehensive list of all available contractors, just the ones that we trust and know well. We also have no financial connection to the companies we recommend.

North Carolinians can refer to an online list of existing home performance contractors through our Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program as one source of reputable contractors.

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 efficiency question.

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