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Energy Audits Vex Austin’s Home Sellers
June 8th, 2009 by terrawatt

“The city of Austin, Texas, has begun requiring homeowners to conduct energy-efficiency audits before they can sell their house, a move it says provides a model for cities and states seeking ways to push energy conservation.”

“The Austin ordinance requires residents selling single-family homes more than 10 years old to obtain an audit and provide the information to potential buyers. While San Francisco and Berkeley, where audits became mandatory in the 1980s, require owners to make recommended upgrades, Austin doesn’t.”

“Sellers who refuse the audit are subject to being charged with a misdemeanor….”    

Full article: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124441959646192659.html


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