Energy Managers oversee, analyze, and evaluate energy use in buildings, determine energy-related settings and system controls, and plan for upgrades to energy-related systems to optimize building efficiency and performance and reduce energy costs.
Energy Managers typically work for larger organizations or companies where they oversee an entire building complex such as hospitals, hotels, colleges or universities, municipal or county governments, school districts, and apartment buildings. Energy Managers are responsible for the operation and maintenance of all energy and utility systems and for understanding, analyzing, and reducing the use of energy across a company's buildings and business practices. An Energy Manager monitors energy usage and proposes and implements conservation measures and energy efficiency programs. They may also be responsible for implementing employee energy education and training programs. Energy Managers assess business decisions for sustainability, help develop budgets and cost-analyses, redesign processes, retrofit buildings and equipment, and plan energy-related systems for new construction or renovations.
Energy Managers are responsible for operating and maintaining all computerized energy management systems and they utilize various tools and software to monitor building energy consumption. They calculate current energy costs as well as potential savings, conduct energy audits, and provide reports and progress updates on a regular basis. Energy Managers communicate and collaborate with utility providers, energy service and equipment providers, and external consultants such as architects and contractors.
Energy Managers must have a wide range of knowledge from building construction and heating, cooling, and ventilation systems to energy conservation and energy efficiency technology. Energy Managers must also stay current with local, state, and federal regulations pertaining to energy conservation and be able to interpret applicable building and energy codes, regulations and standards.