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.
Many homes built on crawl space foundations in the Southeast suffer from poor moisture management. Symptoms are commonly noticed in the humid spring and summer seasons but can occur any time of year. Occupants typically call a heating and cooling contractor to address the problem, but it is often the result of 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.
We continue to add new technologies to our homes to make our lives more efficient, convenient, affordable, customizable and environmentally friendly. Sometimes these devices and appliances can be overwhelming, but there are a number of ways we can make them work for us and meet our goals and needs.
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, policymakers 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.
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.
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.