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What makes a good energy consultant?

July 18, 2022

Sustainability and building compliance expert. Specialising in low energy design, SAP, SBEM, BREEAM, and air testing for the construction industry,

Andrew Sadler



Looking to hire an energy consultant? You’d best make sure it’s an excellent one. Read on for our lowdown on what makes a good energy consultant.

If you are looking to make your home more energy efficient or looking to reduce your energy bills, you could benefit from a good energy consultant. Energy consultants are trained to examine your energy usage, find the best prices and reduce energy consumption. 

Finding the right consultant for you is important, but how on earth are you able to seperate the good from the bad? There’s hundreds and hundreds to choose from online, but don’t worry, in this blog, we will go through exactly what you need to look out for to find a good energy consultant that brings solid results and caters for your specific project needs.

Do you need an energy consultant?

If you have no idea where to start when it comes to reducing your energy efficiency, energy costs and how to make your home more green, an energy consultant could be the next step for you. 

Energy consultants are often brought in to developments to help companies and occupants identify where their energy efficiency needs improving and what next steps they need to take to make their energy consumption greener. However, whilst that’s the overall goal of an energy consultant, there’s specific scenarios as to why people need energy consultants. For example, businesses could hire an energy consultant to identify how their business can use less energy, take advantage of renewable energy sources or help them to achieve a ‘green’ accreditation.

Another reason could be to see how a home can improve their energy and reduce costs. The best energy consultants will carry out an audit on your gas, electricity and water bills to make sure everything is correct and that you are getting the best bang for your buck. Ultimately, energy consultants are there to support their clients with their net zero journey from start to finish with a green energy strategy that fits within budget and their goals.

What makes a good energy consultant?

A good energy consultant should have the right licenses, equipment, heaps of positive reviews and strong experience behind their back; but actually, it goes well beyond that. Are they passionate about the industry? Have they got well-rounded skills that cater for your every need? These are a few things that you need to consider when deciding which energy consultant is right for you and whether they can provide you with a great service, but don’t worry, we will go in-depth about everything you need to look out for below.

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They have independent market expertise.

Consultants with independent market expertise will be able to provide informed and unbiased comparisons of all suppliers as they will have access to a variety of price books and have strong, long-standing relationships with them. As a result, this will help them find the optimum price for energy. Furthermore, if they have a proven track record within the public sector, even better! This will ensure they can provide a fully compliant route to market and that they understand unique challenges and opportunities that organisations face in today’s world.

They know how to spot greenwashing.

Greenwashing can be found across the construction industry, with companies using vague claims and unclear language such as ‘eco’, ‘sustainable’ and ‘natural products’ without actually explaining what it means. If your consultant is able to sniff out a greenwasher from a crowd, this will be great for your project and your outcomes. We haven’t got time for false promises!

They have a well-rounded skill set.

Not every job that the consultant goes into is going to be the same. Each build will have different requirements and not every solution is always black and white so it’s important that the consultant has a well-rounded skill set that has provided them with the ability to adapt, be critical and pull their knowledge from areas to provide the best plan and result for you and your build.

They have strong communication skills.

We’ve got to be honest, energy efficiency, environmental construction and green consumption can be pretty difficult to understand, especially if you do not work within the industry first hand. It takes years to fully get to grips with it all! But, having an energy consultant that appreciates your need for reassurance and explanation will be super beneficial in the long run. Noone, not even us, wants to hear jumbled jargon that just makes no sense. As Leonardo Da Vinci once said, “simplicity is the ultimate sophistication!”

They have a transparent pricing structure.

Sadly, some consultants within the industry can be extremely sneaky, introducing cheeky hidden fees and costs at the very end of the project, but any reputable consultant will be able to provide you with a set of prices. Honesty and integrity is everything! 

They walk the walk.

Do they practise what they preach? Is their own business green? Make sure your consultant can show that they are in it for the right reasons and are doing what they promise through case studies and reviews, whether that’s within their own business or for other clients!

H3: They’re passionate about the industry and its role in the green agenda. 

At the end of the day, your consultant could know all things energy efficiency and green construction, but if they aren’t passionate about what they do, what’s the point? If they are able to provide you with solid answers as to why they are in their role and why the green agenda is an important aspect of their day to day job, you are more likely to receive a better service and result. Passion = the best business. 

Looking for an independent, passionate and highly qualified energy consultant? 

Did you know we are independent, passionate and highly qualified energy consultants? We might be slightly biassed, but we think we are the perfect candidate for your energy needs! We have certifications, a wide range of experience, LOADS of passion and are reliable energy consultants that are thrilled to help people from across the UK with their journey of becoming more energy efficient. 

If you would like to find out more about our services, book in for a discovery call today!

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