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Energy auditing grows in popularity, raising caveats for homeowners
By Caitlin Coakley CHARLOTTE — Energy auditing certification has become an increasingly popular career alternative for a variety of professionals from struggling contractors to environmentalists. However, the popularity of energy auditing has not been lost among the less scrupulous, either. “Last year, there were people getting into this who would say that they were certified, and I’d look them up, and they weren’t,” said Chris Folse, president of AltruEnergy Building Performance. Folse, a contractor, said he decided to get certified in energy auditing as a way to keep his professional prospects timely. “It looked like an emerging business that was interesting to me … something that probably would see some future business,” Folse said. However, he said he has been struggling because there are so many other contractors offering energy auditing services, many of whom, he said, do not have the proper training.