There are two basic certifications you can get. The first is home Energy Auditor Certified and the second is commercial. Let’s talk first about residential. With a home Energy Auditor Certification you will know how to conduct a detailed home energy audit.
You will be able to identify the most common energy waste areas of a residence. You will become an expert on energy savings. You will be able to show your clients how to read an electric bill. (You would be surprised how many people do not understand their bill) You could show them how to reduce lighting costs. Ways to save on their heating and cooling because you will know about HVAC systems and how to optimize their performance. You will know how to examine electronics, appliances, water heaters and make suggestions for saving energy in this area.
You will be able to do a visual inspection of insulation, caulking, and weather stripping to see if it needs to be replaced. You can learn advanced methods like Blower Door Tests and how to use infrared technology.
The second Auditor Certification is for Commercial. With this training you will learn exactly how to do a complete energy audit, what to look for and how to calculate the energy use and savings. You will know how to assess the efficiency of an electric motor. You will learn how identify the economics of energy savings to calculate costs savings your clients will receive when they modify their facilities. Saying you can save them money won’t get it done. Being able to prove it is another story. Let’s face it. In this present economy every company out there is looking to cut costs. You will to be able to show them how to implement these saving techniques. We now have tax credits for Solar, Wind, Geothermal and other ways to cut energy usage. By becoming an Energy Auditor that is certified you will build a business to be proud of. You will be part of the solution.
Now here is the exciting part. You will want to form relationships with other contractors. Electricians, Plumbers, and contractors in the trades like Solar and Wind. Clients will want to know not only how but who to talk to about these products. If you do it right you can also make money here by getting paid referral fees. At the very least you can reciprocate referrals. So to wrap this up I will say I hope this information helps you. Here is to your success!