Help wanted: certified energy auditor

If you’re looking for a career – new or revised – you might want to consider becoming a certified energy auditor. We’re apparently in short supply of those in the state.

Westar executive V.P. Jim Ludwig estimated Kansas has only about two dozen certified energy auditors. Those are folks who can go out to a home or business and identify the most cost-effective ways to save energy.

In a discussion with Ludwig at this past weekend’s energy conference and fair at WSU, Ludwig talked about Westar’s plans to get involved with a programĀ  that allows home owners and small businesses to take savings gained from reduced power use to help pay for energy-saving improvements. It’s similar to the one Hays-based Midwest Energy began offering to its customers about three years ago.

The first step in the process is for an energy auditor to come out to your home or business and identify what the most cost-effective steps are. But Ludwig said one of the big hurdles in getting the program going is lack of certified energy auditor.

So there you go. Opportunity knocks!