How to Start a Home Energy Auditing Business

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As more people become conscious of the part they play in the global environment and look for "green" energy alternatives to save money, there is a need in the marketplace for professionals who can help people determine their energy usage and how they can minimize it. A home energy auditing business provides assessments and makes recommendations on alternative energy solutions, recycling strategies and where consumers can make changes in their homes to conserve the energy they do use.

Things You'll Need

  • Certification
  • Thermal detecting equipment
  • Blower door assembly

Take the courses to earn a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA) designation or Certified Energy Auditor in Training (CEAT) certificate. The Association of Energy Engineers offers the program. Less intensive certification programs are available through organizations such as the Northwest Energy Education Institute or Energy Checkup.

Purchase an infrared camera that can detect heat. Professional home energy auditors use the cameras to visually show customers where there is heat loss around their homes. The cameras validate the recommendations and corroborate your findings. They also can help you detect heat loss in places you may have missed. Companies such as SPI Infrared carry a variety of cameras used by professional energy auditors.

Carry a blower door assembly unit to every home energy audit. It is the main tool used by energy auditors. Companies such as Retrotec carry the systems that fit into the doorframes of homes and test the levels of leakage. The diagnostic tool can help to pinpoint areas of seepage and measure how much internal heating or air conditioning is being lost every hour.

Invest in software that can easily show customers how they can save on their energy bills by inputing their current data and factoring in the changes you recommend. Try a free demo of a software program at Energy-Accounting.com.

Consider buying a franchise such as Energy Doctors or HomeBiz Inspection. By starting out with a branded name and a proven business plan, you can avoid many of the trial and error phases that many new businesses encounter. A home office that can help with marketing, supplies and operating procedures is available for consulting and training as you grow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Develop partnerships with Realtors and home inspectors, window replacement companies and other home improvement firms to build a base for referrals.
  • Check the credentials of home repair companies and suppliers of alternative energy systems, such as solar panel companies, that you recommend to homeowners. Inept contractors can affect your reputation.

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