Energy Auditors

Conduct energy audits of buildings, building systems, or process systems. May also conduct investment grade audits of buildings or systems.

Median Annual Wage: $67,280

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (33%); Post-secondary certificate (33%); Associate's degree (25%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Energy Auditor; Energy Rater; Energy Consultant; Home Performance Consultant; Building Performance Consultant; Home Energy Rater

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Energy Auditors.

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  • Prepare audit reports containing energy analysis results or recommendations for energy cost savings.
  • Collect and analyze field data related to energy usage.
  • Inspect or evaluate building envelopes, mechanical systems, electrical systems, or process systems to determine the energy consumption of each system.
  • Perform tests such as blower-door tests to locate air leaks.
  • Educate customers on energy efficiency or answer questions on topics such as the costs of running household appliances or the selection of energy efficient appliances.
  • Calculate potential for energy savings.
  • Recommend energy efficient technologies or alternate energy sources.
  • Prepare job specification sheets for home energy improvements, such as attic insulation, window retrofits, or heating system upgrades.
  • Quantify energy consumption to establish baselines for energy use or need.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the operation, maintenance, or energy efficiency of building or process systems.
  • Analyze technical feasibility of energy saving measures using knowledge of engineering, energy production, energy use, construction, maintenance, system operation, or process systems.
  • Analyze energy bills including utility rates or tariffs to gather historical energy usage data.
  • Measure energy usage with devices such as data loggers, universal data recorders, light meters, sling psychrometers, psychrometric charts, flue gas analyzers, amp probes, watt meters, volt meters, thermometers, or utility meters.
  • Determine patterns of building use to show annual or monthly needs for heating, cooling, lighting, or other energy needs.
  • Compare existing energy consumption levels to normative data.
  • Oversee installation of equipment such as water heater wraps, pipe insulation, weatherstripping, door sweeps, or low flow showerheads to improve energy efficiency.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Energy Auditors.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Energy Auditors.

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