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Myrtle Beach Energy Audit Explained

An energy audit is the most economical method for Myrtle Beach homeowners to reduce their energy bill and negative environmental impact. It is defined as an evaluation of energy flows in a house in order to eliminate losses and reduce bills. If power systems are operating inefficiently (that is, if power is being wasted), an energy audit determines which improvements can be made in order to lower costs and make the home more efficient.

An energy audit includes four major elements.A home energy audit is used to determine ways of improving the well-being of its occupants, focusing on safety, health and general level of comfort. A home energy audit may, among other things, reveal structural and safety problems before they cause significant harm. For example, areas with improper ventilation are prone to mold growth that negatively impact health. Also, the affected areas may require expensive repairs. These and similar problems can be prevented with an audit.

During an energy audit, a professional will evaluate the efficiency of a house using equipment that includes blower doors and infrared cameras.

The Energy Audit Process Includes Four Major Elements:

1. Collecting Information – An auditing professional will document power use (by obtaining homeowner’s bills), the building history, execute a visual inspection, collect appliance information, electrical base load data, collect building measurements, health and safety data, mechanical ventilation data, determine building insulation, gather window, door, attic, wall, foundation and roof data.

2. Testing – A professional will evaluate the appliances, conduct indoor air quality tests, execute combustion safety and efficiency tests, blower door tests and HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) distribution tests.

3. Evaluating Collected Data – An auditor will evaluate the health and safety of the building as well as its durability/structural integrity, assess the HVAC system, review the foundation, walls, the attic, the doors and the windows. She/he will enter the data into modeling software and determine the work scope.

4. Proposing Cost-Efficient Strategies – An auditor will propose the cost-efficient ways (including cost-effective upgrades and expected costs of savings) to improve efficiency in the house.

The good news? Savings of 30 percent or more on your power bill. Also, you will become part of a driving force that promotes the efficient, more careful use of energy.

Once you’ve had an energy audit done, Brown and Reaves Services can help you make sure all the facets of your heating and cooling system are up to date and meet the recommendation of your auditor. In addition, we are qualified to work on your plumbing system to make sure you are not wasting water or energy there. We can also suggest ways to save energy (and money) on your electric bill by showing you how much a new air conditioner or heat pump can save you versus the cost of installation. Call us today and let us assist you in making sure you take full advantage of your energy audit. 843-497-9867.

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