What do Energy Auditors do?
Conduct energy audits of buildings, building systems, or process systems. May also conduct investment grade audits of buildings or systems.
- Identify and prioritize energy saving measures.
- Prepare audit reports containing energy analysis results or recommendations for energy cost savings.
- Collect and analyze field data related to energy usage.
- Inspect or evaluate building envelopes, mechanical systems, electrical systems, or process systems to determine the energy consumption of each system.
- Perform tests such as blower-door tests to locate air leaks.
- 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.
- Calculate potential for energy savings.
- Prepare job specification sheets for home energy improvements, such as attic insulation, window retrofits, or heating system upgrades.
- Recommend energy efficient technologies or alternate energy sources.
- Quantify energy consumption to establish baselines for energy use or need.
- Identify opportunities to improve the operation, maintenance, or energy efficiency of building or process systems.
- Analyze technical feasibility of energy saving measures using knowledge of engineering, energy production, energy use, construction, maintenance, system operation, or process systems.
- Analyze energy bills including utility rates or tariffs to gather historical energy usage data.
- Measure energy usage with devices such as data loggers, universal data recorders, light meters, sling psychrometers, psychrometric charts, flue gas analyzers, amp-probes, watt meters, volt meters, thermometers, or utility meters.
- Determine patterns of building use to show annual or monthly needs for heating, cooling, lighting, or other energy needs.
- Compare existing energy consumption levels to normative data.
- 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.
- Identify any health or safety issues related to planned weatherization projects.
- Inspect newly installed energy-efficient equipment to ensure that it was installed properly and is performing according to specifications.
- Verify income eligibility of participants in publicly financed weatherization programs.
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