Austin Ordinance Requires Homeowners to Have an Energy Audit Completed Before Selling Home
Submitted by: Green Collar Operations
Austin, TX (OPENPRESS) June 24, 2011 -- Austin homeowners are now required to have an energy audit completed before selling their home. The City of Austin passed Ordinance No. 20081106-047, adding Chapters 6-7 to the City Code. The code applies to all residential properties that are within the city limits, are 10 years or older, and receive services from Austin Energy. If you have a house that is on the market for sale, you are now required to have an energy conservation and disclosure (ECAD) audit completed by a certified auditor prior to the sale of the property. Certain single-family homes that meet the following conditions are exempt from the audit requirement.
Green Collar Operations, a home energy efficiency company operating in Austin, Round Rock, Georgetown, Waco and San Antonio, conducts the mandatory ECAD audit before homeowners sell their home.
"We find that homeowners who have the ECAD audit performed are often surprised with the results," said Jacob Lohman, Director of Marketing at Green Collar Operations. "There are many ways that a home can lose energy through heating and cooling costs."
A reason often cited for requiring homeowners to have the audit completed before the sale of the property is to allow any potential buyers to be aware of inefficiencies in the home. From the results of the audit, the home buyer will know what home energy efficiency repairs they might want to complete after buying the home to reduce the cost of their monthly utility bill.
ABOUT GREEN COLLAR OPERATIONS
Since 2007, Green Collar Operations has been providing home energy efficiency improvements and promoting their mission to help Austin and Central Texas homeowners reduce their energy usage and monthly utility bills. They have serviced over 4,500 homes and saved local residents over 5.5 million kilowatt-hours of energy by increasing efficiency. As a participating contractor in the local Home Performance with Energy Star program and numerous others, Green Collar Operations works closely with Austin Energy, Texas Gas, Oncor Electric Delivery and CPS to ensure quality service and applicable rebates to all customers. For more information, contact Jacob Lohman at (512) 986-7045 or email@example.com
ABOUT ECAD ENERGY AUDITS
For more information regarding mandatory ECAD energy audits, you may also contact Austin Energy at (512) 974-7827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.