Mandate for energy audits creates buzz
New business owner Susan Marler, president of Energy Action, is looking forward to June 1.
That’s when the city of Austin’s energy conservation ordinance takes effect, requiring sellers of single-family homes 10 years or older to obtain energy conservation audits. The audits will consist of duct blasting, heating, ventilation and air conditioning system inspections and other tests.
Prompted by the city’s mandate, Marler and her husband, Justin Marler, co-founded Energy Action, which provides energy conservation audits and related consulting, last fall. Industry watchers believe that there will be stiff competition from companies prepared to serve the new energy audit market. Green Zone Home and AirTite Inspections are two local companies that have track records performing energy audits for the Energy Star and Austin Green Building programs. Austin Energy will publish a list of energy audit providers on its Web site by June.
While competition in the green auditing market will likely only get stronger, Energy Action’s altruistic business model could help it stand out from the crowd. The Marlers plan to donate 25 percent of their pre-tax annual profits to local charities.