heating and cooling. Per the ordinance, this
information then goes to home buyers and
to Austin Energy.
As the City of Austin continues to
encourage more sustainable practices, the
ECAD ordinance benefits each side of a
real estate transaction. For home buyers,
the energy audit provides a helpful tool
when evaluating a home, whether looking
for a place already energy efficient or a
new project for home improvements. In
addition, home buyers can use the audit
to anticipate any potentially hidden costs
associated with ongoing maintenance and
home energy use, clarifying the full cost of
a new home.
For home sellers, an ECAD audit that
discloses an array of energy efficiency home
features translates into a more distinct and
attractive listing in the competitive real
estate marketplace. Savvy sellers and buyers
recognize that the energy efficiency features
identified through the ECAD audit contribute
to ‘green’ listings in the Multiple Listing
Service (MLS) and increase home value.
Austin Energy offers a variety of energy
efficiency upgrade incentives to help
homeowners offset the costs of making
improvements identified through the
ECAD audit. Homeowners who have
made energy efficiency improvements to
the home through Austin Energy programs
may qualify for an ECAD exemption.
For more information about the Energy
Conservation Audit and Disclosure
ordinance and related Austin Energy
programs, go to www.austinenergy.com/
go/ECAD or talk with a local real estate
NOT READY TO BUY?
If you’re new to the area, living in corpo-
rate housing or renting is a smart idea – and
a great opportunity to discover areas of
town before you decide to buy.
An excellent source for finding out the
intricacies of renting property in Texas is
the Austin Tenants Council. The ATC’s counseling line at 512-474-1961 is open only for
Travis County residents, however, the organization’s website ( www.housing-rights.org)
has valuable Texas property code details
and tenant-landlord information and forms
for residents of surrounding counties.
No matter what you decide, those new
to Austin and Central Texas will soon
discover just how much the city has to offer
when it comes to housing, neighborhoods,
amenities, options, and much more.