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An Energy Consultant helps companies analyze their energy consumption, with the goal of reducing their energy costs. If you’ve ever had to heat an Alaskan home in January, or cool a Floridian home in July, you know how expensive energy can be. Now, multiply your home’s utility bills by hundreds, thousands, or even millions of square feet and you’ve got a rough idea of what it costs to cool, heat, and power an airport, office building, shopping mall, or hotel. Here’s a hint: It’s not cheap, and that’s why Energy Consultants exist.
As an Energy Consultant, you’re employed by an energy consultancy, and you begin your work by conducting an energy audit. That involves reviewing clients’ previous energy bills to determine how much energy is being used, where and when it’s being used—for instance, in what parts of the building, by what building systems, and at what peak times of day—and how much it’s costing.
After the energy audit, you assist clients in creating an energy plan, which includes strategies for reducing energy consumption, eliminating energy waste, and offsetting energy costs. For instance, you might suggest that they purchase energy-efficient appliances and machines, install energy-efficient windows and lighting, or replace company cars with hybrid vehicles. Or, you might recommend purchasing renewable energy credits, or installing onsite solar or wind power. You might also train building occupants to turn off lights, recycle trash, and avoid “phantom loads” by unplugging electronics that consume energy even when they’re off.
At once pro-environment and pro-business, you’re a corporate crusader with a conscience, trying to save the planet while also saving your clients money!