Ford’s call to derail energy audits will benefit the home sale process
By BOB AARONProperty law
Fri., Oct. 12, 2018
The Ontario government’s decision to repeal the Green Energy Acthas also changed the rules for homeowners looking to sell their properties
In an email to me last week, Sydney Stonier, press secretary to provincial Energy Minister Greg Rickford, confirmed that “the repeal will terminate mandatory home energy audit initiatives.”
Under the former Liberal government, the program would have come into place by next year and forced energy audit before Ontario homeowners were allowed to sell their homes.
The original proposal to implement a home energy rating and disclosure system (HER&D) grew out of the former government’s 2009 Green Energy Act and the 2016 Ontario Climate Change Action Plan. But the introduction of Bill 34 — The Green Energy Repeal Act, 2018 — ended plans for mandatory audits.
A day after the repeal legislation was introduced at Queen’s Park, the Consumers Council of Canada released its long-awaited report: “Mandatory home energy rating and disclosure for existing houses: opportunities and risks for consumers.”
The report found that Canadians generally say they are willing to improve their homes and make them more energy efficient, whether to reduce their contribution to climate change or to improve the comfort or cost-effective operation of their homes.
Although the report does refer to some of the risks of requiring mandatory home energy audits, it downplays the disruption such a program would cause to the home sales process. This could include stigmatizing a home with poor insulation or an inefficient furnace; the delay and extra costs involved in trying to find an available energy consultant; and the imposition of unnecessary audits when a house has been inherited or is about to be demolished. …