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Doomed to Fail: HER&D
The Ontario Government has proposed a new requirement for people listing their homes for sale: the Home Energy Rating and Disclosure (HER&D) audit system.
HERD will require the homeowner to conduct an ‘energy audit’ before listing their home, and to post the audit score as part of their listing. Supposedly, this will encourage homeowners to upgrade the energy efficiency of their homes, to ensure their listing has a good score.
I doubt this program will have any impact, other than making it more expensive to move.
The fact is, using energy costs money, so it’s already in the homeowner’s best interest to make upgrades that will pay off. This is why it’s already common for homeowners to upgrade their insulation, windows, or furnace when the cost is warranted. Nobody needs an audit score to tell them to do this.
In addition, home inspectors already point out problems like aging furnaces or poor insulation. With home inspections becoming a routine part of a sale, what’s the purpose of an audit score which doesn’t even list specific problems?
Energy conservation is important, and there would be nothing wrong with paying a bit more if it encouraged people to conserve in new ways. But HERD won’t accomplish that. All it will do is add new costs and hassle to moving, while homeowners continue to make the same upgrades they always have.
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