CEE Energy Auditors turn building science into savings
The Home Energy Squad program enables Minnesota homeowners to reduce their electricity bills and become energy efficient by installing energy saving products (at no extra cost) and providing guidance to prevent energy waste. Delivered through the Center for Energy and Environment and offered by CenterPoint Energy and Xcel Energy, the program is powered by a hardworking team of energy auditors and energy counselors.
CEE trains all our auditors to achieve the Building Performance Institute's Building Analyst Certification, which involves four days of classroom and field training, as well as field and written exams. This national certification tests residential energy auditors on their field diagnostic skills and building science knowledge. We also have three certified test proctors/trainers on staff — Phil Anderson, Rebecca Olson, and Cheng Vang — which allows us to do our training in-house while developing our staff to become certified energy auditors.
In our last post, we featured CEE's professional energy counselors. Here we add the other half of our residential field crew — the energy auditors who provide in-home energy analysis to support the residential program, including identifying home efficiency opportunities to lower electricity bills and save energy.
Brent Bateman previously worked with Habitat for Humanity in Oakland, California. He has also served as data collector for the Highway Safety Research Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and was the bicycle and pedestrian planning intern for the City of Durham, North Carolina.
Grant Carlson has worked for a variety of governmental agencies as a naturalist, providing environmental education to diverse audiences. He holds a B.S. degree in environmental geoscience from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, and has been certified as a building analyst by the Building Performance Institute.
Joey Giffen-Hunter professional background includes 15 years as an art teacher and health coordinator in Iowa City, Iowa, at Scattergood Friends School, a small boarding school for students in grades 9 through 12. Joey also served at Advancement Assistant at Scattergood.
Andrew Nail graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, then spent two years as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the Conservation Corps of Minnesota, where he worked throughout Greater Minnesota on a field crew. Conservation Corps provides hands on environmental service-learning opportunities to young adults.
Claire Swanback was a program assistant with Californians for Pesticide Reform and has spent time working in the outdoor education field. She was also an afterschool program leader at Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center. Claire has a degree in environmental studies from Pacific Lutheran University.
The Home Energy Squad team brings years of experience to the program and empower Minnesotans to become energy efficient, lower their utility bills, and live more comfortably. To learn more visit HomeEnergySquad.net. Call 651-328-6220 to sign up for a visit.
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