Energy costs in the UK are soaring. As a consequence, many families are digging deeper into their pockets to spend on heating and power. In fact, according to a report published by the UK Parliament, households spend £63 billion annually on energy, up from $30 billion 10 years ago. To curb these rising costs, the services of domestic energy assessors are required.
What Do Domestic Energy Assessors Do?
Unlike commercial energy assessors who focus on examining the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, domestic assessors focus on residential buildings. Their duties include:
- Examining the structure of residential houses, including electrical fittings and home heating and cooling systems, and calculating their energy performance
- Using their findings to compile Energy Performance Certificates for local authorities and other government agencies
- Providing practical solutions to homeowners on energy reduction strategies – Such as installing green roofs
- Recommending the best energy efficiency products
- Staying abreast of advancements in energy efficiency technologies
Domestic energy assessors can work full-time or part-time. Those who are employed by established companies work from 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. On the other hand, self-employed assessors set their own work schedules, often adjusting their hours to meet clients’ preferences.
Regardless of the mode of work, these assessors spend most of their time on the road visiting various work sites.
Level of Experience
Beginning domestic energy assessors
Experienced domestic energy assessors
Source: National Careers Service
To qualify for employment as a domestic energy assessor, you must complete the following steps:
- Earn a Level 3 Certificate in Domestic Energy Assessment
- Secure membership in the Department for Communities and Local Government’s approved accreditation scheme
- Have your details entered in the register of accredited domestic energy assessors, which is run by the Landmark Information Group.
You don’t need to have a formal qualification to be accepted into the certificate program. However, if you possess relevant expertise, such as construction skills, you may take a shorter period to complete the program. Some of the popular training providers include:
To do the duties of a domestic energy assessor effectively, you must have:
- Strong analytical skills
- Good observation skills and a high level of attention to detail
- Good computer skills – for generation energy performance certificates
- Good speaking and writing skills
- A good sense of business – for self-employed assessors
- Good eye-hand coordination
- Record keeping, time-management and problem-solving skills
- A decent grasp of energy efficiency laws and regulations
Armed with your Level 3 Certificate and relevant accreditations, you are ready to start your own business or find paid employment. If you choose the latter option, you will undergo on-the-job training to improve your computer skills and knowledge of occupational safety practices.
To position yourself for a promotion, you can:
- Earn the Level 3 Diploma in Domestic Green Deal Advice – This will enable you to become a green energy consultant
- Foundation degree in energy and sustainability
- Secure membership in the Sustainable Energy Association
Apart from being self-employed, you can find full-time employment opportunities in:
- Real estate agencies
- Firms of solicitors
- Home insurance companies
- Firms of surveyors and valuers
- Local authorities
With vast experience and a degree, you could progress to become a sustainability manager.
Since many households are looking to cut domestic energy expenses, aspiring domestic energy assessors have strong employment prospects. Although the National Careers Service doesn’t specifically provide employment projections for energy assessor, it estimates the creation of over 200,000 new jobs in the general business sector from 2014 through 2020.
So if you are passionate about environmental conservation, maybe this is the career for you.