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The Future of Green Collar HVAC Work

Posted March 18, 2015 9:46 AM by larhere

Greening" is occurring throughout every industry, and the HVAC industry is one that is particularly primed for growth. Green collar jobs are becoming standard in every industry, as the culture as a whole is moving towards becoming more environmentally conscious. As noted by WeldingSchool.com, the demand for energy is rising all the time, and Obama's investment in weatherization in 2009 has lead to an influx in jobs in this realm.

The Need for Green Living

A vast amount of resources have been allocated towards green living and energy reduction. Companies and individuals alike are being offered subsidies, tax breaks and other incentives to switch over to greener HVAC systems. Moreover, cost-conscious businesses and homeowners are more interested in green solutions simply because they now understand that it can save them money over time, as well as save the environment.

To compensate for this greener focus, HVAC companies have begun hiring technicians who are well versed in green technology. And, as a consequence, employees who are "green collar" technicians within HVAC are the most sought after. Green collar jobs will undoubtedly continue to increase as the demand increases-and, as Green Living mentions, a good deal of construction retrofitting will also bolster the industry.

The Mechanics of a Green Collar Job

Green collar HVAC companies simply focus on energy-efficient building, which is something that HVAC technicians already have training on. The core technology is no different; all that changes is that the emphasis is on reducing overall energy output. HVAC systems are not only common energy wasters, but they are among the systems that have been traditionally most wasteful of energy. Finding ways to reduce energy use is a matter of simply knowing the technology available.

Smart Technology and Sustainable Energy Sources

Smart technology is very likely to play a large role in the green collar industries. Today, smart thermostats are being used to regulate HVAC systems to provide both comfort and energy savings, but they usually need to be added as a modification to an existing HVAC system. In the future, smart technology may be even better integrated into the system, so that it can anticipate the user's needs and adjust in increasingly complex ways.

HVAC development companies are also looking towards alternative methods of heating and cooling, such as ice-powered air conditioners and solar heating solutions. In the future, ThomasNet.com notes, green collar HVAC workers will need to be knowledgeable about the installation and maintenance on extremely varied technology.

Breaking Into the Green Collar Industry

Blue collar workers may want to transition into the green collar industry as a way of "future-proofing" their hireability; those who have experience within the green collar industry will find themselves far more sought after in the job market. HVAC may be the easiest way to break into the green collar industry, if only because it requires very little by way of additional training. Those who are already skilled in HVAC systems will find that "greening" their knowledge simply requires that they become familiar with the latest technology. Many companies today that offer apprenticeships and training are green themselves, thus allowing an HVAC worker to learn more about this interesting and fascinating subset of HVAC technology.

Editor's Note: CR4 would like to thank GEA Consulting's guest blogger, Monica Gomez, for contributing this blog entry.

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