Shelton (WTNH) - A Shelton company is on the forefront of the emerging 'green'industry and their training classes are filling up quick.
Environmental ManagementConsultants (EMC) is filling two needs with one class. For one,the poor economy has put a lot of people out of work, so they needto learn new skills. It's also has people looking to save money ontheir bills, so they need to make their home energy efficient.
Kyle Whittaker is a student at EMC.
"Currently unemployed, and found it pretty interesting, and it'sa new and growing field, I believe, the environmental field," saidWhittaker said.
For years, EMC has helped commercial clients be more energyefficient. Now, the company is looking at the trend towardsefficiency at home.
"People are becoming much more aware, and with oil prices goingup so high, there's so much interest in making homes more energyefficient and saving money," said Susan Giordano, President,EMC.
Which is why utility companies offer home energy audits andthat's what students are EMC are learning to do. It coverseverything from gas leaks, to weatherization and using technologyto find problems.
One way to find energy leaks is by using a high-powered fan tode-pressurize a room. By using smoke sticks, you can see where theoutside air comes rushing in.
James Askew is a retired firefighter now taking the class atEMC.
"It just seemed a natural segue into being employed in an activetechnology that's coming up. This is the wave of what's coming," hesaid.
This is a class especially for unemployed and under-employedworkers who want not just to work, but to make a difference.
"We're really dependent on foreign oil, and if we can becomemore proficient in terms of not using so much foreign oil, it helpsthe economy all the way around," Askew said.
After three weeks of training, students will be ready to taketheir test to become certified building analysts. Utility companiesrequire at least one certified building analyst be on every teamthat goes out to do an energyaudit.
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