Energy conservation officers generate energy efficiency improvements in public, private and commercial buildings via a range of methods including practical solutions, education and the promotion of renewable energy sources.
Employers of Energy Conservation Officers
Almost every area of industry uses a large amount of energy in its production processes; therefore there are many organisations that employ energy engineers including:
- industrial employers;
- fuel production industries including oil, gas and nuclear;
- manufacturing companies;
- government departments.
- visiting local businesses, landlords, home owners and tenants as appropriate
- providing energy efficiency advice and training
- promoting energy conservation schemes (such as energy efficiency housing grants)
- liaising with contractors, local organisations, council services and voluntary/community groups
- developing, implementing and monitoring energy consumption reduction policies and strategies
- producing specifications, estimates, drawings, feasibility studies, tender documents and work schedules
- analysing data and collating information
- maintaining accurate records
- writing plans and reports
- attending regional meetings and events
- preparing and distributing publicity materials
- undertaking energy suveys/site inspections
- keeping up to date with changes in legislation and initiatives
- promoting energy conservation awareness via events such as presentations, workshops and conservation projects
To become an energy conservation officer it is usually necessary to possess an appropriate degree. Relevant subjects include:
- energy engineering;
- environmental health;
- electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering;
- environmental engineering;
- environmental science and management;
- mining or petroleum engineering;
- renewable or sustainable energy.
Candidates should possess confidence, initiative, and excellent IT and organisational skills. Communication skills are also important: energy conservation officers have to explain technical information to people without technical knowledge. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate a genuine interest and understanding of the energy market, including renewable energy sources and legislation.