Are you a communicative person with a background in energy and engineering? Do you want to work in a fast-paced, growing sector with new challenges every day? If so, read on because a career as an energy consultant might be the perfect job for you.
In a nutshell, working as an energy consultant involves advising clients on how to use their energy supplies more efficiently and cut unnecessary costs by implementing updated energy systems and researching current energy trends. Furthermore, with the growing importance of corporate social responsibility, companies employ energy consultants to explore alternative green energy resources, such as solar or wind energy, to reduce their carbon footprint.
Energy consultants play a vital role in a company’s intent to reduce energy consumption and to enhance their efficiency by using updated technology or alternative energy resources. The major day-to-day duties of an energy consultant include:
- Informing clients about their options regarding energy usage and helping them to develop systems to improve their efficiency
- Analysing the client’s usage of energy during previous years and collecting data using data modelling software
- Conducting field and feasibility studies
- Writing concise and intelligible reports on your research results
- Reporting regularly to your client to update them on ongoing processes and recommend the best energy solutions
- Developing strategies on how to practically implement solutions based on your research
- Presenting results to clients and recommending options on how they can improve their energy usage
- Research current energy usage trends and market to identify which resources are the most cost-efficient, sustainable and apt for your client
- Conduct an energy audit and assess your client’s sources of energy over the past years
- Analyse data using data modelling software in order to develop strategies to improve future energy usage
- Conduct studies regarding alternative, greener energy resources such as solar or wind energy to improve sustainability and efficiency
- Assist your clients to develop a more efficient and renewable energy usage plan for the future
- Help plan new buildings and ensure the energy systems are up-to-date, cost-efficient and sustainable
- Use mapping technology to provide a better understanding of where most of the energy within a big company is used and how it can be better distributed in the future
- Summarise your findings in the form of comprehensible and succinct reports
- Maintain professional relationships with your clients’ employees and develop new business relationships
- Sound technical engineering knowledge
- An understanding of creative problem solving
- Impeccable communication and customer skills
- Excellent presentation skills
- An analytical eye for detail
- Good sales skills
- A logical mind
- Outstanding organisational skills
- Project management skills
- A willingness to conduct precise research based on a large amount of data
Energy consultants are required to have at least a good bachelor’s degree in a relevant engineering or environmental subject. A master’s degree in a related subject is preferred. Additional accreditations such as BREEAM credits or a professional registration of CIBSE of RPEC are often expected but in any case highly beneficial.
As the position often includes supervising sites of ongoing projects and meeting your clients, a driving licence is usually required.
Working hours are usually Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. However, as the position is mostly project-based, you may have to work longer days during peak periods in order to meet deadlines.Flexibility around working hours is possible in this sector.
As an energy consultant you can usually expect to earn between £22,000 and £27,000 per annum. However, salaries can rise to around £50,000 per annum, depending on seniority and expertise.
Primarily, energy consultants advise companies on how to use their energy supplies efficiently; however, it is becoming increasingly common to also advise residential clients, so there is the option to work as an independent energy consultant as well.
As efficient energy usage and the use of renewable energy are becoming increasingly important all around the world, there are numerous opportunities to work abroad in this sector.
Your next steps may include:
- Head of energy services
- Energy manager
- Senior energy consultant