Green Collar Careers - Frequently
Q. Can people really earn $500 a day doing Home Energy
A. Yes, absolutely! A typical Home Energy Audit
will take 2-3 hours and average rates are between $150 and $200.
Most of the time you'll find you can line up 3-4 homes in the same
neighborhood on the same day.
Q. What kind of equipment do I
need to perform a Home Energy Audit?
A. You will need screwdrivers to remove panels & covers, a set
of nut drivers from 3/16"-7/16", pliers, flashlight and a shopvac.
A portable PC and portable printer is recommended but not required as
you can mail the reports and invoice.
Q. I don't have the skills to perform home
repairs, do I need to learn?
A. You should be able to vacuum condenser coils, change light
bulbs, replace door seals and set thermostats (programmable and water
heater) at a minimum. You may choose to contract other services
to a local handyman. As you'll see, the majority of savings from
a Home Energy Audit really comes from some very simple things.
Q. Should I take items like Compact Fluorescent
Lights and Door Seals to the Audit Site?
A. Yes. Often a homeowner will be willing to have
everything done on the same day. While they could buy the CFLs
themselves, its a just taking inventory on the CFLs they need is a
chore. If you buy CFLs in bulk you can make over $1 each profit
while providing value to the customer.
Q. How do I get my
A. You should be your own first customer. Try out what
you've learned in the Demand Management Module on your own home first.
When you're ready to take the next step create a flyer that explains
what you'll do and what it can potentially save. Select your
opportunities by searching for neighborhoods with homes between 10-20
years of age and over 3500 square feet in size. These homes are
generally ripe with savings.
Q. Will I need to work on HVAC
A. Other then vacuuming coils NO! There are plenty of HVAC
contractors out there who will be willing to pay you a referral fee
should you suspect the HVAC system needs work.
How do I sell and install solar heating and electric systems?
A. After you've gone through maybe 50 or so Home Energy Audits
you'll find people will often inquire about these systems. In
most cases home owners will need to finance these units so before
jumping in too early get some experience under your belt. Home
Energy Audits tend to stimulate the interest in expanding to a
renewable energy system, not the other way around. That why a
number of plumbers who try to go straight to solar water installation
fail - they don't understand the value of "up selling".
sounds like I'll be relying on contractors a lot, what kind of
contractors will I need to line up?
A. One of the great things about this business is you can choose
how much "heavy lifting" to do. It would be beneficial to have a
trustworthy General Handyman you can subcontract to who will be able
to respond within a week. As you move into selling renewable
energy products like solar or wind appliances you will need
installers, electricians, and should have good knowledge of major
banking institute home equity loan policies. (You won't be
selling loans, only for advising customers for financing of the
systems). Spend a half hour at each of 3-4 major banks to learn
about their Home Equity loans when you're ready to tackle renewable
Q. What if I decide this business isn't right
A. Of course like any real business this will take considerable
effort to get started, but not much at all of an investment, so should
you change your mind, all you've lost is time. Few other
business ventures offer as little risk as this does.
the training at Green Collar Job Training - Free help me to find a
Green Collar job?
A. Certainly it will help. The training here is geared to
understanding the basic elements of the systems and provides some
forward looking information on new systems coming. While the
focus is on the consumer level goods, the same technology applies to
industrial systems such as large scale Wind Turbines mounted 300 feet
in the air.
Q. How many people have taken Green Collar Job
A. Though late 2007 and all of 2008 George Baker provided
training through Outplacement Services to over 1500 people.
These were 4 day courses held across the country for laid off
employees with Outplacement Services provided to them by their former
employers. Of them over 300 have successfully started new
businesses, another 200+ have taken jobs in the Green Collar industry.
It may not be for everyone, however over 1/3 have been able to use
this program to leverage their career direction.
Q. How long
does the Green Collar Job Training Course take to learn?
A. Everyone is a little different, but on the average 36 hours of structured reading along with
watching some of the animations, and another 36-40 hours of
independent research using the internet. At the bottom right of
each page there is a custom Search Tool configured with
keywords that will focus on internet research targeted to relevant web
pages. The advertising links are also keyword driven and may
provide some excellent sources of relevant research. These links
are the only form of revenue to pay for the server and administration
of this website.
Q. Are there there structured classroom training programs for
Green Collar Jobs?
A. Yes, there are a handful of programs that are taught across
the country. Be prepared to break open the piggy bank as these
classes often cost over $300 - $500 a day and are 1-2 weeks long.
You may need to travel a couple hundred miles to attend one.