About Energy Auditing
What is an Energy Audit?
An energy audit is an all-encompassing assessment of a commercial or residential property measuring energy consumption. The purpose of an energy audit is to identify opportunities to reduce usage through equipment retrofit or repairs to the building.
Who Can Be An Energy Auditor?
Typically, Energy Auditors have backgrounds as:
- Licensed Home Inspectors
- General Contractors
- Licensed HVAC Technicians
- Licensed Insulation Professionals
- Home Builders
- HERS Raters
Common Tasks Performed in an Energy Audit:
- Prepare job specification sheets for home energy improvements such as attic insulation, window retrofits, and heating system upgrades.
- Analyze technical practicality of energy saving measures using knowledge of engineering, energy production, energy use, construction, maintenance, system operation, or process systems.
- Calculate potential for energy savings.
- Perform tests such as blower-door tests to locate air leaks.
- Oversee installation of equipment such as water heater wraps, pipe insulation, weather stripping, door sweeps, and low flow showerheads to improve energy efficiency.
- Collect and analyze field data related to energy usage.
- Identify opportunities to improve the operation, maintenance, or energy efficiency of building or process systems.
- Quantify energy consumption to establish baselines for energy use and need.
- Identify and prioritize energy saving measures.
- Determine patterns of building use to show annual or monthly needs for heating, cooling, lighting, or other energy needs.
- Identify and prioritize energy saving measures
- Prepare audit reports containing energy analysis results and recommendations for energy cost savings.
- Collect and analyze field data related to energy use, inspect or evaluate mechanical systems, electrical systems, or process systems to determine the energy consumption of each system.
- Locates air leaks by performing blower door tests.
- Prepare job specification sheets for home energy improvements such as attic insulations, window retrofits, and HVAC system upgrades.
- Recommend energy efficient technologies or alternate energy sources.