Energy Auditors

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Resource Efficiency Manager
  • Resource Conservation Manager
  • Residential Energy Auditor
  • Quality Assurance Supervisor
  • Home Performance Consultant
  • Home Energy Rater
  • Home Energy Inspector
  • Home Energy Auditor
  • Energy Rater
  • Energy Control Officer
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What They Do

  • Verify income eligibility of participants in publicly financed weatherization programs.
  • Analyze energy bills, including utility rates or tariffs, to gather historical energy usage data.
  • Compare existing energy consumption levels to normative data.
  • Determine patterns of building use to show annual or monthly needs for heating, cooling, lighting, or other energy needs.
  • Recommend energy-efficient technologies or alternate energy sources.
  • 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.
  • Oversee installation of equipment such as water heater wraps, pipe insulation, weatherstripping, door sweeps, or low-flow showerheads to improve energy efficiency.
  • Examine commercial sites to determine the feasibility of installing equipment that allows building management systems to reduce electricity consumption during peak demand periods.
  • 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.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: CE.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Conventional interests, but also prefer Enterprising environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Independence and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.

Preparation Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in California was $82,150 with most people making between $40,670 and $130,470

Outlook

1.51%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 130,900 people in California. It is projected that there will be 150,700 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 1,980 openings due to growth and about 1,560 replacement openings for approximately 3,540 total annual openings.