HOME ENERGY AUDITORS MAKE GREEN AND SAVE GREEN
Wanna make some money?
Not sure how since the economy’s in the pits.
Want an interesting job that takes you outside the cubical and can’t be outsourced?
Become a home energy auditor and do good by your wallet, while doing well by the planet.
Greening This Old House
Today we’ve got the cutting-edge cool of smart appliances controlled from your iPhone, solar PV displays that spin meters backwards and cellulose insulation that actually cools a home on a hot July day.
Even with all of this eco-bling, good old energy efficiency still proves to be one of the most dramatic sources for energy, carbon and cost reduction. The aging housing stock in America – most homes are pushing 30, 40 even 50 years – is highly energy inefficient. This means that lots of energy and money leaks out through the drafty eves, poorly insulated roofs and leaking ducts of homes nationwide.
The good news is that for the price of a home energy audit, some caulk, quality insulation and CFL or LED bulbs you can cut electric and heating demands of a drafty old century home in northern Vermont by as much as 50%.
Getting In On The Green
With promises of hundreds of dollars in utility savings, a more comfortable indoor environment and doing some good for the planet, homeowners are clamoring for energy audits. To boot, thirty-two states offer some sort of compensation (tax incentives, rebates, grants, loans or low-income subsidization) for home energy audits and efficiency retrofits.
For this reason, the field of energy auditing is growing rapidly. Entering the home energy auditing field is an excellent career choice because it:
USGBC estimates that residential green building will grow from an estimated $8 billion niche in 2006, to a $40 billion boom-industry in 2012. New energy auditing businesses are popping up nationwide. Existing tradesmen are adding energy auditor credentials to their toolkits. And homeowners everywhere are seeking qualified professionals to help them save green by going green.
A recent survey conducted by The Building Performance Institute, found that there are 14,000 home energy-auditing professionals in the United States. However, most of these are above the age of 47. This means that as more and more home energy auditors retire, while demand for home energy audits continues to grow, more qualified professionals will be needed.
The survey further noted that approximately 90% of the professionals surveyed make between $15 and $35 per hour. That’s between $30,000 and $70,000 annually! The average home energy audit takes approximately two hours. That’s a nice chunk of change for a profession that requires minimal training and low up-front costs.
Given the high demand, aging workforce and high salaries of the home energy auditing industry, it is an excellent career choice. To learn more about Energy Auditor training and continuing education opportunities please register for a class near you or call us at 800-460-2575.