An energy auditor is a person who inspects the energy flow of electrical systems in a building to reduce the amount used. These auditors perform these inspections in buildings of all size from residential to industrial, usually in an effort to conserve energy and reduce carbon or environmental footprints. They can be required to analyse utility data by studying the building itself and energy bills to determine where improvements can be made. Energy auditors typically work on site at the location of the inspection but operate from a central location like an office or headquarters. Much of their time is spent on the site of the energy systems and commuting between them.
The types of skills they need include good field outreach, the skills to perform the tests themselves, and the ability to enter the complete data into the computer. Often this process includes interacting and advising a homeowner, business owner, or other client of a course of action to reduce energy use, as well as reporting findings to a supervisor. Tools of the trade include energy meters and other tools that may be necessary for performing readings and installation of more energy efficient devices. Energy auditors can be required to perform different levels of inspection from walk through to general inspection and investment grade audits.
Each of these positions can require different levels of training, most of which is provided by the utility company or other employer. They are typically required to pass a background and drug test, have a valid drivers license, and possess a working vehicle. A positive attitude, good communication skills, and friendly demeanor are all important to their success since much of their time will be spent with other people. Most companies hiring an energy auditor will require the auditor to be a college graduate. Technical training and previous employment history in a related field is also prefered. The average day may involve commuting to sites and performing several inspections, and after each they must write up the paperwork before continuing onto the next. This is a position that may require long hours into evenings and weekends.
Energy Auditor Tasks
Survey mechanical, energy management systems, electrical systems, lighting, water and building of sites.
Evaluate and interpret energy data.
Assist in identifying energy efficiency projects, their estimated cost, estimated energy savings, and estimated return on investment for clients.
Conduct energy audits in conformance with recognized industry standards.
Prepare schematic design documents and specifications including scopes of work.