Your utility bill may be shocking, but it offers few helpful details: it doesn't tell you when your energy use peaks, doesn't explain how best to reduce power consumption, and doesn't tell you how your home is spending your money.

We think it’s worth finding out. A home energy audit is one of the first steps to understanding your home's energy usage, as well its overall health and performance. Using a combination of high tech tests and common sense evaluations, a good auditor provides homeowners with a list of energy and money saving steps, explains how and why your house is costing you money, then prioritizes steps to take to knock down those costs over the long haul.

A typical audit is comprised of several steps:

1) A thorough visual inspection of the home's building envelope.

2) An insulation check, generally involving infrared thermography, to pinpoint spots where insulation may have settled, been improperly installed, or where it may be missing altogether.

3) An air leakage test using a blower door, to measure the cumulative effect of all the air leaks in the home.

4) A ventilation check: healthy houses have appropriate ventilation, and an auditor will test ventilation systems to ensure that they conform to safety standards.

5) All visible gas lines, the gas stove, and gas powered water heater will be examined to insure that there are no leaks.

6) The auditor will evaluate if your central heating system needs cleaning or a tune-up.

7) Finally, expect a few suspect appliances, including old driers or refrigerators to be tested with an electricity monitor. There are times when one terrifically inefficient appliance throws an entire house's energy use out of whack.

We believe that whole house energy audits by certified professionals are worth every penny, so long as you act on what the audit turns up.

Last off, bear in mind that what turns up might surprise you: homeowners are often shocked to discover that all the little air leaks throughout their house add up to the equivalent of a window (or two, or more) being left open year round! Just remember that what you don't know can cost you: it's better to know!

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  • Ron Capel

    Our home on Bald Head Island never cooled properly. We tried bigger AC units without success. So we brought in Building Performance Specialists to help. BPS tested our home and came up with a great solution. Our house gets to the temperature we want now!

  • Barry Bankard
    Many thanks to Skye, Danny and crew! You guys are the best! Other attempts to correct my heating/cooling problems failed. It was not until BPS took control that I got much needed results.
  • Matt Collogan

    53% RH in crawl space, outdoor is 94%!!! Thanks Skye and Danny and Team! The house is actually starting to smell and feel better. I hope to send you along some referrals. Happy Monday,
    Matt

  • Pat & Ken Rittenmeyer

    I would like to commend Building Performance Specialists for a job well done. We recommend them strongly to anyone with a moisture intrusion problem or those just wanting to improve the livability of their home environment. BPS tested our house and identified the problems.

  • J. Russel

    Building Performance Specialists recently completed a crawlspace job at my house and I would highly recommend them to anyone who needs their services. They were professional, efficient and timely in completing their work to solve my moisture problem.

  • Jim & Ellie Bierman

    Skye and his team used their extensive knowledge of products in the design phase of our project, and his state of the art technologies during the construction phase, to create an energy efficient and comfortable beach house.

  • Steve Swain, Coastal Cypress Building Company

    Building Performance Specialists is a key partner in the construction of our energy efficient well designed homes. Skye Dunning's guidance enables us to deliver Homes to our clients that perform well, saves them money, and provides a comfortable living environment.

  • Mary Jo Cameron

    Skye and Danny from Building Performance Specialists came in and solved an ongoing moisture issue which no one else could figure out. They are the best!!!

  • Beverly Foscolo

    Once again I would like to thank you for the excellent job you and your staff did for me.  As you know, I previously had a problem with a neighbor’s smoking habits interfering with my air quality in my townhouse.

  • Beverly Foscolo

    Once again I would like to thank you for the excellent job you and your staff did for me.  As you know, I previously had a problem with a neighbor’s smoking habits interfering with my air quality in my townhouse.