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Energy auditor

Energy auditors help homeowners and business owners examine their buildings to understand how energy is being used and get a measure of efficiency.

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Quick facts: Energy auditor
2019 Median Pay $60,710 per year; $29.19 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Bachelor's degree
Number of Jobs, 2019 120,800
Job Outlook, 2019-29 -4% (average growth)
Employment Change, 2019-29 13,500

Energy auditors (often called “energy raters” when auditing homes) review their customers’ utility bills and conduct on-site walk-throughs of buildings before providing the customers with opportunities for increased energy efficiency.

Energy auditors can help owners understand the systems in the building and how they are currently operating. They assist in documenting how improvements can be made to reduce energy consumption and/or costs of operating the building. They not only provide a list of potential improvements but the savings and costs associated with implementing those improvements. As part of the utility analysis, they may identify rate structure changes that could benefit the project. Energy auditors may also perform benchmarking so the owner can understand how their building performs compared to other similar buildings. This growing field is helping many to reduce their footprints on the environment while saving money in the process.

Role on a LEED project

LEED is the most widely used green building rating system in the world. Available for virtually all building types, LEED provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient, and cost-saving green buildings. LEED certification is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.

How to become an energy auditor

Most energy auditors require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree. A bachelor’s degree in engineering would prepare someone for a job as an energy auditor. Courses that include demonstrations of common building inspection techniques, energy management principles, and basic construction and insulation techniques will be helpful for conducting energy audits. An understanding of mechanical system design and operation is important for this role. Important skills include critical thinking, communications, decision-making, math, and active listening.

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