Green Jobs Can Put Green In Your Pocket

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

These days everyone's talking about "green jobs" - anything from solar panel installers to the truck drivers that deliver wind turbines. But one of the fastest growing jobs is auditor.

It has nothing to do with taxes. An energy auditor helps increase energy efficiency at a home or commercial building, resulting in reduced greenhouse gases and lower utility bills. Van Jones, founding president of Green For All, an organization promoting green-collar jobs and opportunities, explains.

"They walk you around your house and show you places where you can actually save money. If you: change those light bulbs, if you use some caulk here, if you replaced that window there", said Van Jones.

Of course consumers can do their own audits. Set your thermostats properly or put them on a time schedule,- most local utilities post helpful information on their websites.

But if you're not much of a do-it-yourselfer, hire a professional energy auditor. It might be a wise investment to cut down those energy bills during the winter, and all year long. Many utilities even offer free or subsidized audits -so check with your local power company.

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