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Energy Efficiency Engineers

The Job

Energy efficiency engineers advise residential, commercial, and industrial clients on ways to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy usage. They visit homes, offices, and industrial environments to conduct energy audits, in which they inspect mechanical, electrical, and thermal energy flows. They analyze energy usage by using baseline models, end-use analysis, and post-retrofit analysis. This work requires knowledge of three-dimensional computer modeling programs such as AutoCAD and energy modeling software such as EnergyPro. Energy efficiency engineers also rely on their understanding of legislation regarding energy efficiency and carbon emissions.

Energy efficiency engineers work full time for companies that provide engeering and energy consulting services or they are hired by clients as consultants on a per-project basis. Clients may hire energy efficiency engineers at any point throughout the construction or remodeling process of a home or building, to audit one or more of the energy systems, such as the air-conditioning, heating, ventilation, or lighting systems. Many corporations also hire energy efficiency engineers to help them establish energy usage goals and to guide the energy team to achieve those goals. Energy efficiency engineers may also be responsible for analyzing cost benefits and verifying the performance of energy projects.

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