Before spending money to increase your home's energy efficiency, you need to pinpoint the problems.
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We recommend having your home evaluated by a trained energy professional. An energy auditor who has been certified by a national organization will provide unbiased advice in accordance with national standards. Two national accrediting agencies are Building Performance Institute (BPI) which certifies Building Analysts and RESNET, which certifies Home Energy Rating System (HERS) raters.
Both BPI certified Building Analysts and HERS raters are skilled at evaluating home energy use and sources of air leakage. BPI Building Analysts have additional mandatory training in combustion safety, which allows them to ensure that all equipment that burns fuel in the home (such as natural gas water heaters or furnaces) is working properly and will not cause health problems once energy efficiency measures have eliminated air leakage.
HERS and BPI Building Analysts will test your home using a blower door and possibly other tools, and will give you a report outlining problems and potential savings.
For a listing of BPI Building Analysts and HERS raters in South Carolina, click here. Please note that this list is not an inclusive list of all HERS raters and Building Analysts in South Carolina. Check your local directory under "energy management and conservation" for additional analysts in your area.
TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE YOU HIRE AN AUDITOR OR CONTRACTOR
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