The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed a bill, Tuesday, December 7 requiring companies that perform home energy audits first comply with specific regulations.
The bill (I.R. 1834), which was introduced by Legislator Wayne Horsley (D-Lindenhurst), is a consumer protection measure that requires any company performing or advertising home energy audits be registered with Suffolk County Department of Consumer Affairs, and have proper certification.
“This bill ends deceptive practices by standardizing home energy audits in Suffolk County,” Legislator Horsley said. “It will ensure that homeowners seeking to make their homes more energy efficient in order to lower their utility bills will receive consistent value from their home energy improvement investment.”
Companies performing or advertising home energy audits must be certified with the Building Performance Institute (BPI), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, or the equivalent.
The law reflects recommendations made by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College a “Green Paper” the organization released over the summer. In the Green Paper, the standardization of energy audits is detailed and can be viewed here.
With the bill passed, those in violation are subject to fines ranging from $750 for first time offenders up to $1,500 for subsequent offenses.