Energy field auditors perform energy audits to help customers reduce their energy consumption. They visit customers’ homes or facilities to assess opportunities for customers can cut their energy costs. For example, they may suggest installing insulation or replacing old appliances with more energy-efficient ones, as well as provide information about rebates such as utility company rebate programs. Energy field auditors must communicate audit findings to homeowners effectively, and they may have to attend periodic training (either required by their company or on a voluntary basis) to keep their skills up to date and train new energy field auditors. At all times, energy field auditors must follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations and their own company’s safety rules and regulations.
Employers typically require that candidates have a high school diploma or equivalent, plus specialized coursework, and they often prefer candidates who possess relevant certification. Many employers train their new employees as energy field auditors; however, they typically prefer energy field auditors who have commensurate experience or who have completed apprenticeship programs. Employers also require that energy field auditors have a driver license and clean driving records, as they usually drive their company’s trucks to work and travel to visit customers’ homes. These auditors must have excellent customer service, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as be physically fit since they are required to climb on roofs and other areas safely.
Energy Field 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.