Fees reduced for energy efficient permits
Most homeowners like the idea of going green – until they get the bill. Good news for consumers who have had to restructure their remodeling budgets in Encinitas, city council members have agreed to waive the permitting fees for installing energy efficient appliances and systems in homes throughout the city, despite the possibility of losing money for its operating budget. The council first agreed restructuring the fees earlier this year in an effort to encourage residents to make their homes more environmentally friendly (some fees can reach up to $400, depending on what's being installed).
In retrospect, the city collects nearly $40,000 annually by issuing permits for installation of solar panels, solar water heaters and electric vehicle stations. Much of that money goes to EsGil, a San Diego based company that inspects those appliances for potential safety hazards and other issues. The city's move to waive the fees can result in a loss of about $14,500 for their operating budget.
For the consumer, being earth-conscious isn't always easy. But if more cities like Encinitas can waive their fees, going "green" can become much more accommodating to people's wallets.