Home Energy Detectives Use CSI Style Sleuthing to Solve Energy Problems One House at a Time
If you watch television, you know about the success of the “CSI” or Crime Scene Investigation shows. The series launched in Miami, then expanded with shows based in Los Angeles and New York. My favorite episodes inevitably combine hi-tech forensic techniques (like matching clothing fibers) with decidedly low-tech evidence gathering adventures (like dumpster diving).
Crime Scene Investigators Meet Home Energy Analysts
Home energy analysts have a lot in common with crime scene investigators. The “crime” of wasting energy may not put anyone in jail, but the high utility costs associated with inefficient homes are putting many families in tough financial shape –especially as electrical rates and heating fuel costs continue to rise.
Just like the actors who portray CSI characters, home energy analysts rely on an array of high-tech equipment to “profile” a home’s energy use.
Energy Analysis Toolkit
The most important tool in the energy analyst’s arsenal is the blower door unit that’s designed to depressurize the building’s interior so that energy-wasting air leaks can be measured, located and sealed.
Other high-tech equipment includes smoke-generating tools that pinpoint air leaks, infrared cameras that detect insulation voids, and combustion analyzers that test furnace safety and efficiency.
Home energy forensics involves plenty of down-and-dirty work as well. Technicians need to inspect crawl spaces and attics; keeping an eye out for dirty insulation, a telltale sign of air leaks; mold, improper ventilation or air leaks; damaged ductwork, and other details that contribute to poor energy performance and high utility expenses.
Building Scientists Recommend…
There’s no doubt that houses are just as complicated as criminals –possibly more so. That’s why building scientists, the experts who study houses like CSI profilers study criminals, recommend that homeowners invest in a comprehensive home energy audit like those performed by Dr. Energy Saver®.
This is the surest way to gain a complete analysis of how your home uses and loses energy, and how specific improvements can dramatically improve energy performance, reduce energy costs, and increase your home’s comfort levels!
If you watch enough TV crime dramas, you learn that not all criminals can be rehabilitated– but there’s always hope for an energy-wasting house.
Your prescription for lower energy bills® is provided by Dr. Energy Saver’s home energy audit that is: comprehensive, customized to the home’s energy profile, and cost-effective.
The list of recommended energy-saving upgrades is prioritized so that homeowners can optimize energy savings by having upgrades done in the right order.