Inspect and measure energy use in residential, commercial, and industrial properties.
What does an Energy Analyst do?
As an energy analyst, you measure energy efficiency, analyze data on energy use, develop an energy model for buildings, recommend improvements, and assist contractors with technical support for installations. This is a burgeoning field as people are becoming more interested in sustainability and renewable energy. To do this job, you need strong math skills in order to do statistical and regression analysis of the data you gathered and calculate the best investments for cost effective improvements. Your data gathering will include inspecting the efficiency of building construction, mechanical systems, and electrical systems. To measure this, you use voltmeters, flue gas analyzers, light meters, and more. Energy analysts conduct tests on the building such as blower door tests, among others. Additionally, you work closely with building owners, contractors, engineers, and financiers to complete projects, so it’s important to have excellent customer service skills. You even sell the clients on the need to invest in energy efficient improvements to their structures, so excellent communication and motivational skills are beneficial. Most employers require a bachelor’s degree in architecture, mechanical engineering, or a similar field. Many additionally request experience in working with energy conservation measures in construction as well.