How to Perform Home Energy Audits Course

Welcome to InterNACHI's free, online How to Perform Energy Audits course.  Developed by InterNACHI, this course is the largest, most in-depth energy audit course of its kind. 
The goal of this course is to teach home inspectors how to perform a home energy audit.
After successful completion of the training, the student will be able to:
  • perform energy audits with visual inspection techniques;
  • operate a blower door during an inspection;
  • take digital pictures with an infrared camera;
  • inspect for and identify areas of home energy deficiencies; and
  • describe air leakage and the benefits of air sealing.
Course includes:

  • 160,550 words;
  • 27 minute of video;
  • student book;
  • inspection and writing assignment;
  • research and writing assignment; 
  • 72 quiz questions in 13 quizzes;
  • 75-question final exam;
  • instant grading; and
  • downloadable, printable Certificate of Completion.

How to Perform Home Energy Audits Course 

Course # 4020



Estimated hours for the average student

Academic Engagement

Reading online course instructional material at 140 words per minute


Watching and listening to instructional video


Taking quizzes


Taking the exam


Conducting a directed and independent inspection study performed according to the Standards of Practice, including the development of an inspection report 


Submitting an inspection and writing assignment

Submitting a research and writing assignment




Studying and reviewing instructional material in preparation for taking quizzes and exam


Reading the downloaded student course book including taking the quizzes with the book
Reading, research, and studying related to completing the research and writing assignment
Studying and preparing for inspection processes according to a Standards of Practice, including capturing and storing digital images with a camera or device, making observations, evaluating conditions, deducing, formulating opinions, communicating observations in written form, attaining competency in performing inspections and using an inspection checklist or software and other inspection tools in producing a report. 



Sub Total


Overall Total

71.0 hours / 1.9 SCH

And, in keeping with InterNACHI's commitment to Continuing Education, this online course is open and free to all members, and can be taken again and again, without limit.
Reminder to members:  InterNACHI's Code of Ethics 1.10 requires that you comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where you conduct business.  InterNACHI's courses and Standards generally exceed the Standards of Practice that you are required to abide by locally.  
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The course covers the following categories: 

  • What's an Energy Audit?
  • Professional Home Energy Auditor 
  • Energy Bills
  • Safety
  • Appliances and Electricity
  • Types of Insulation
  • Attic Knee Walls
  • Exterior Walls and Insulation
  • Basement Walls and Insulation
  • Floors and Crawlspaces
  • Ductwork
  • Air Leakage Basics
  • Stack Effect
  • Detecting Air Leaks
  • Air Barriers
  • Air Sealing
  • Air Leakage and Major Moisture Problems
  • Why Would an Inspector Recommend Controlling Air Leakage?
  • Blower Doors - Useful Tool for Checking Air Leaks
  • Caulking
  • Windows
  • Condensation in Double-Paned Windows
  • Energy Performance Ratings for Windows
  • Window Gas Fills
  • Heat-Absorbing, Tinted Window Glazing or Glass
  • Insulated Window Glazing or Glass
  • Low-Emissivity Window Glazing or Glass
  • Reflective Window Glazing or Glass
  • Spectrally-Selective Window Glazing or Glass
  • Daylighting
  • Window Selection
  • Window Installation
  • Types of Window Frames
  • Exterior Doors
  • Weatherstripping
  • Principles of Heating and Cooling
  • Sizing Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Cooling Systems
  • Ventilation Systems
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Ceiling Fans and Other Circulating Fans
  • Cooling Using a Whole House Fan
  • Evaporative Coolers
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating Systems
  • Furnaces and Boilers
  • Electric Resistance Heating
  • Active Solar Heating
  • Radiant Heating
  • Heat Pump Systems
  • Geothermal Heat Pumps
  • Landscape Shading
  • Landscape Windbreaks
  • What Factors Affect the House?
  • Basic Energy Principles
  • How Moisture Moves
  • Relative Humidity
  • Vapor Barriers
  • Sun and Heat Movement
  • How a Blower Door Works
  • Temperature and Humidity
  • Blower Door for Depressurization Testing
  • Finding Air Leaks
  • Energy Inspections with Infrared Cameras
  • Thermography
  • Qualitative or Quantitative?
  • Interpretation of Infrared Pictures
  • Homeowner's Checklist to Save Energy
  • Commercial Office Checklist
  • Terminology Related to Energy Audits
  • 27-Minute Online Video Demonstrating an Inspection with an Infrared Camera

Upon completion of this course and passing of the 75-question final exam (drawn from a larger pool), the student can download and print their own Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name. 

The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership-compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log. 
Non-members may view only the first page of the course.
Members will need their username and password.  If you have forgotten your password, CLICK HERE (instant response) or email and request it (don't forget your name). 
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InterNACHI® Members:

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Some features which make InterNACHI's courses superior to existing continuing education options:
  • The course is free for all InterNACHI members.
  • The course is written in pure XHTML code for quick loading.  The course loads fine on old computers and loads fast, even with dial-up.
  • The course is designed using a hierarchal menu coupled with a sequential page navigation.  This provides the student with the option to easily repeat areas of weakness.
  • The course permits the student to start, stop and restart any part of the course as often as desired.
  • There are a variety of images within the course, including diagrams, illustrations and photos. 
  • The illustrations can be enlarged for clearer viewing by clicking on them.
  • The text is integrated into InterNACHI's Inspector Glossary.  Rolling over blue-colored terms provides their definition.
  • The final exam uses multiple-choice questions that reference the images. 
  • The course's quizzes and final exam have numerous advantages over traditional exam systems:
    1. The course, quizzes and final exam incorporate built-in intelligence which identifies and strengthens each student's unique subject weaknesses.
    2. Not only is each question weighted with regard to score, but each answer is weighted, as well as the correctness of each answer being weighted.
      1. Answers to easy questions are weighted such that the student is penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly, but rewarded modestly for answering correctly.
      2. Answers to difficult questions are weighted such that the student is rewarded, in terms of score, for answering correctly, but not penalized for answering incorrectly.
      3. Answers to questions regarding basic safety, or questions every inspector should know the answer to, are weighted such that the student is severely penalized, in terms of score, for answering incorrectly.
  • Upon passing the final exam, the student can print out a Certificate of Completion which is auto-generated in their own name.
The student's (InterNACHI member's) information is recorded on InterNACHI's servers for membership compliance verification, and automatically logs completion into InterNACHI's online Continuing Education log.


InterNACHI® Members:

Take the free, online How to Perform Energy Audits course now (free to InterNACHI members).

Not a member yet?

Join today for access to this and thousands of other InterNACHI® membership benefits.
* Photos provided by U.S. Department of Energy