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Become an environmental efficiency expert.

As the saying goes, "It's not easy being green." But an energy auditor makes it easier for people to learn how to conserve both the environment and their own money.

Energy auditors, also known as energy raters or energy consultants, help clients lower the amount of energy they use. To do this, energy auditors assess clients' energy use in both homes and commercial buildings. These audits usually begin with a thorough review of the client's utility bills, followed by onsite inspections.

During inspections, energy auditors use a variety of tests and tools--including large fans, smoke pens, and infrared cameras--to find spots where air from inside the building leaks outside, and vice versa. Energy auditors complete the audit by suggesting building repairs and tips for reducing energy use.

By helping clients lower their energy use, these auditors assist in reducing the hazardous byproducts produced by most energy sources. Decreasing these byproducts benefits the environment, but clients also benefit with a different type of "green"--cash. Because building owners pay for any energy used in the building, saving energy means saving money.

For more information about energy auditors, contact the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Green Jobs program at or read online at

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Title Annotation:energy auditors
Publication:Occupational Outlook Quarterly
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2012
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