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Professionals who hold these green jobs evaluate homes and determine what kind of improvements should be made to increase home energy efficiency, such as adding insulation or replacing the windows.

Reeis Inc., an energy-efficiency services company based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has a staff of home energy auditors to serve clients, says Reeis President Todd Russo.

"Most have had a career in the residential construction industry, so they're familiar with how to build homes," Russo says. "Because of the financial collapse and the state of the economy, there's just no market for the construction of new homes, so their standard job isn't available to them."

One of the most widely recognized training programs for home energy auditors is for building analyst certification. It is offered by the Building Performance Institute, a group in Malta, N.Y., Russo says. BPI courses are offered at colleges, utility companies and training centers across the U.S. Here is a list of locations.


 

 

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