Energy Efficiency: Does your home make the grade?

Posted: August 10th, 2011 by Just Real Seattle

Seattle City Council has been considering adding another step to the home selling process for the past couple years. Such a measure would require home sellers to pass an energy audit. If the home doesn’t pass, the necessary corrections would need to be made prior to closing such that the home meets a certain level of efficiency standard.

Austin, Texas put a similar law on its books only to remove it within the first year. For Seattle, with at least two thirds of its housing stock built prior to World War II, such a sudden paradigm shift would be devastating to sellers and our local housing market as a whole.

The move to greening our economy is just in its beginning stages, thus this topic is not going away anytime soon. In fact it’s safe to bet pre-closing energy audits will likely become the norm at some future date. It would be wise to prepare now. Habitat is currently offering a $305 discount for Seattle City Light customers on home energy audits. For information, visit: http://www.habitataudits.com/305-2/

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