The Certified Energy Auditor is an individual who evaluates and analyzes how energy is being used in a facility, identifies energy conservation opportunities and makes recommendations where consumption can be reduced or optimized.
As an energy auditor, you use a systemized approach to measure, record, and evaluate the flow of energy, determining if it is being used efficiently and pinpointing where it is being wasted. Energy audits usually fall into one of three categories: home, commercial buildings, and industrial plants. They also range in complexity, from a quick walk-through inspection to a comprehensive analysis of the implications of alternative energy efficiency measures. Once an energy audit has been conducted, you work with a team of professionals to analyze the results and produce a technical report for the client that reveals areas where energy efficiency can be improved.
Duties vary significantly from job to job, but the following list includes typical job duties one might encounter as an energy auditor:
- Plan and schedule projects and audit methodology and procedures.
- Inspect and analyze homes and building structures, heating systems, ventilation, air conditioning, water, and industrial processes to ensure energy use is optimal.
- Assess process equipment and machinery for energy consumption.
- Use testing equipment to identify energy conservation potential.
- Analyze energy consumption for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial customers.
- Educate users on energy-use habits and potentials for consumption and cost reduction.
- Analyze audit documentation and data and prepare a report of audit findings.
- Present audit findings to clients.
- Prepare cost estimates for potential retrofits.
- Make recommendations for, coordinate, and participate in construction of retrofit measures and energy efficiency upgrades.