The idea is to encourage home owners to make “green” decisions whenever possible. But, at a time when home owners are already facing a slow down, this feels more like a tax on the home owner. When it comes time to sell a house, the seller will be required to pay Austin Energy $200-300 for a report that gives buyers a snapshot of how energy efficient the property is.
“Any upgrades would be voluntary, although officials are hoping that the
disclosures would prompt either buyers or sellers to gradually make
improvements that will cut energy use in the city.”