Energy Auditor  What They Do

Just the Facts

Energy Auditors Career Video

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

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster Operations Management pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Identifies and prioritizes energy saving measures.
  • Prepares audit reports containing energy analysis results or recommendations for energy cost savings.
  • Collects and analyzes field data related to energy usage.
  • Inspects or evaluates building envelopes, mechanical systems, electrical systems, or process systems to determine the energy consumption of each system.
  • Performs tests such as blower-door tests to locate air leaks.
  • Educates customers on energy efficiency or answers questions on topics such as the costs of running household appliances or the selection of energy efficient appliances.
  • Calculates potential for energy savings.
  • Prepares job specification sheets for home energy improvements, such as attic insulation, window retrofits, or heating system upgrades.
  • Recommends energy efficient technologies or alternate energy sources.
  • Quantifies energy consumption to establish baselines for energy use or need.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Requires getting into awkward positions
  • Lighting is either extremely bright or inadequate
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being outside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work at heights above 8 feet more than once a month on structures such as ladders, poles, scaffolding, and catwalks

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Residential Energy Auditor --