The Florida city of Lake Worth, located between West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach on the Sunshine State’s east coast, is pursuing a new certification program for rental units in the city. Lake Worth’s city commission recently voted to have staff create a proposal for a certification program that would make the city’s rentals more energy-efficient, according to a recent Palm Beach Post article.
As envisioned by the city, the program would offer energy audits, at a cost to the owners of the rental units, for any property where the resident is paying a city electricity bill. The audit would suggest ways that the units could become more energy efficient.
The program would also create certificate or sticker that could be given to property owners, to mark each audited property as energy-efficient. It would also aid prospective renters in the city to find energy-efficient properties to rent.
City Commissioner Suzanne Mulvehill said that the price for the audits has not yet been set, but could be put into place during the next budget year. The city commission will hold an additional vote on the proposal before it becomes official, according to the article.
The energy audit is one of the primary functions of Lake Worth’s energy conservation department, which also provides home energy efficiency grants, energy monitors that can be loaned out, a solar energy program, and appliance and water conservation rebates.