Career as a BPI Certified Home Energy Auditor

Your Job as a BPI Certified Home Energy Auditor

Are you a reliable individual familiar with home building and construction terminology? Do you have experience with, or knowledge about, home heating and cooling systems, or home inspection? Are you passionate about energy efficiency, skilled at customer service, good with computers and dedicated to making a difference in our society?

If you answered “yes”, you could find your future as a Certified Home Energy Auditor – and a vital part in our effort to conserve our natural resources and improve energy efficiency. To become a Home Energy Auditor, you’ll need pre-requisite skills, plus an equipment package, training and certification to operate as an official energy advisor under the Building Performance Institute program.

Home energy auditors perform detailed HOME ENERGY AUDITS which comply with the technical standards of the Building Performance Institute. Tests are performed to ensure the safety of the occupants, detect levels of air infiltration, complete a home energy diagnosis, and collect all data relevant to energy use in the home. Utility costs, including water and appliance usage, are reviewed on-location. The data is then taken off-site to be assessed and calculated using computer models and then compiled into a detailed audit report. The report discusses the approximate cost and energy savings per improvement and the ‘payback period’ after which the homeowner can expect to break even on the investment.

How Long Does An Energy Audit Take?

Typically, a full diagnostic home energy audit takes from 3 to 6 hours on-site to perform all the required testing, diagnostics, and measurements needed to model the home’s typical energy use. Assessments of larger, unusual, or more architecturally difficult homes may take more time to complete.

WHAT Happens During A Home Energy Audit?

First, the customer is interviewed to discuss known issues and gather general data about the home. During the audit, testing is performed to determine the safety of combustible gases, to determine the air infiltration rate, and to determine the quality of exterior insulation using infrared thermal scanning. Appliances are also evaluated and the utility bill data is collected to be included in the computer modeling.

What Happens Next?

All data gathered is analyzed, the area and volume of the home is calculated, and all data is entered into the computer modeling system. Proposed improvement data is entered into the computer system for calculation of energy and cost savings, including the estimated payback period where the homeowner can expect to break even on the investment. Reports are generated for the customer which show the existing and proposed energy usage by category, and display recommendations for improvements.

Pre-requisite skills

To apply to become a Certified Home Performance Energy Advisor, you should have the following pre-requisite skills or experience:

• Familiarity with home building and construction terminology or ...

• Two years experience in the building/renovation industry or ...

• home inspector training or ...

• A background in any of the following: engineering, architecture, home heating/cooling systems, or construction.

Plus ...

• Be good with computers.

• Be physically fit.

• Have at least high school geometry and math.

• Have good communication skills in English.

Training

You’ll attend an official energy auditor training course to learn the specific skills you’ll need to be a Home Energy Auditor. During this five day intensive training session, you’ll receive ...

• Building science classroom instruction

• Field practice on actual houses

• Comprehensive written and oral exam

• Your new Career

Average Home Energy Auditor Salaries

According to simplyhired.com, the average salary for home energy auditor jobs is $56,000. Average home energy auditor salaries can vary greatly due to company, location, industry, experience and benefits. For self-employed energy auditors, the average audit will cost between $225 and $300.

Most busy auditors do at least 10 a week. An average week for a lot of guys would be 8 to 10 audits.

Incentives for New Jersey Homeowners

There are several programs in New Jersey to provide incentives for home and commercial energy audits (and increase the bottom line in your new business). One such example is the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program is offering assessments to New Jersey homeowners for just $125. In addition, there are Federal Tax Credits are now available for energy efficient home improvements.