Home Energy Detectives Use CSI Style Sleuthing to Solve Energy Problems One House at a Time

Jul 21, 2011 by

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

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!

The Solution

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.



    We have mold in our utility room downstairs. It’s next to room under our garage that is not finished. It is all concrete walls and dirt floor. Does have 2 vents to outside and dirt if usually damp or wet.

    • DRESblog

      Hi Sonny,

      I apologize for not responding sooner. I think it was just that I didn’t necessarily understand what you were looking for… Are you looking for help to eliminate the mold?

      Open vents and a dirt floor are a combo for moisture and with moisture sometimes can come mold. You may want to look into sealing up this space, lowering the moisture level and not giving mold a good environment to grow in.

      If the mold is bad, you may want to have a remediation expert remove it.


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