CCI’s Home Energy Showcase called on Pittsburgh-region homeowners to take action to reduce the portion of their greenhouse gas emissions tied to their home. See how you stack up against the winners by getting your own Sound Home Plan. What is Sound Home Plan? Watch this quick video to find out!
Home Energy Showcase Results
Amount of energy used in Showcase homes vs. the amount of estimated energy saved.
The annual CO2 emissions produced from an average home in the Pittsburgh region are a whopping 13 tons. When added up, they make up 25% of Pittsburgh’s total greenhouse gas emissions, as reported in the latest Climate Action Plan. Increasing your home’s energy efficiency and changing a few behaviors in how you use energy can substantially decrease these emissions and your personal carbon footprint.
Starting last August, 54 Pittsburgh area homeowners signed up to drop pounds of carbon, reduce energy usage, and learn more about how to make their house a higher-performing, more comfortable and healthier home. The Showcase participants who took at least one action reduced their home’s CO2 emissions by an estimated average of 1.3 tons annually. That would take about 30 mature trees growing for a full year to sequester this amount of CO2. As a cohort, that is equivalent to the climate-saving carbon contribution from 962 mature trees.
Showcase Participants Find Potential to Reduce CO2 Emissions by 3.7 Tons Annually
(Simply click a name and read about their story!)
|Name||Affiliation||Year Built||Size of Home||Household Size||Tons of CO2 Per Year||Therms of Gas Per Year||KWh of Electricity Per Year||Energy Saving Potential||Project Status|
|Matt Mahoney||KEEA||1910||1,380 sf||4||12.6 t||1,559||7,108||50%||Small Progress|
|Kathy Hrabovsky & Michael Oppenheimer||3R Sustainability||1939||1,906 sf||2||13.4 t||1,560||8,774||36%||Small Progress|
|Meghan Scanlon||1939||1,287 sf||1||7.8 t||981||4,190||33%||N/A|
|LN Blackburn||Blackburn Greenworks||1988||3,751 sf||3||12.4 t||1,146||10,425||29%||N/A|
|Mike S.||1900||3,696 sf||4||19.9 t||3,081||5,890||38%||Project Completed|
|Flore Marion||1910||3,152 sf||4||21 t||2,739||10,674||48%||In Progress|
|Sarah States||Phipps Conservatory||1910||2,466 sf||2||12.5 t||1,572||6,849||23%||Project Completed|
|Aftyn G.||City of Pittsburgh||1934||1,435 sf||1||8.4 t||1,033||4,786||67%||N/A|
|Gail Harper||1951||1,878 sf||2||10.5 t||1,088||7,729||29%||In Progress|
|Erika Strassburger||City of Pittsburgh||1920||1,704 sf||3||12.6 t||1,734||5,591||36%||N/A|
|Peter Cormas||1920||1,336 sf||2||8.7 t||941||6,007||37%||Project Completed|
|Bryan Pendleton||1920||1,780 sf||3||14 t||2,188||4,010||44%||Project Completed|
|Thomas Hoffman||1915||1,404 sf||1||8.6 t||1,070||4,723||19%||Project Completed|
|Stephanie G & Rob F.||1920||1,170 sf||2||10.8 t||1,324||6,237||31%||Project Completed|
|Anna F.||1954||3,957 sf||6||24.1 t||2,764||15,458||18%||Small Progress|
|Sylvia Francis||1930||1,436 sf||1||8.5 t||1,340||2,310||51%||N/A|
|Jessica Semler||1900||2,538 sf||4||17 t||844||20,491||42%||N/A|
|Adriana D.||1988||5,546 sf||4.5||27.9 t||1,428||33,368||24%||In Progress|
|Patrycja and Erik Garrett||1936||1,690 sf||4||8.9 t||1,053||5,494||20%||Project Completed|
|Christian Pegher||1925||1,978 sf||3||11 t||1,299||6,722||39%||In Progress|
|Agnieszka Sornek||1948||1,316 sf||3||8.8 t||939||6,222||24%||N/A|
|Kenneth Dorsey||1910||2,495 sf||4||17.1 t||2,403||7,217||39%||Small Progress|
|Ed and Lynda Wrenn||1900||2,405 sf||3||17.5 t||2,725||4,938||42%||Project Completed|
|Anne R.||1900||3,326 sf||4||13.1 t||1,816||5,744||32%||In Progress|
|Scott & Lori F.||1923||2,166 sf||N/A|
|Constance Mayer||URA of Pittsburgh||1899||1149 sf||2||7.7 t||774||5,930||29%||N/A|
|Kristie S.||1925||1,950 sf||4||9.3 t||1,135||5,415||18%||Project Completed|
|Angelica S.||1920||1,440 sf||4||15.8 t||2,131||7,359||36%||N/A|
|Martina B.||City of Pittsburgh||1923||
|2||9.2 t||878||7,516||39%||Project Completed|
|Mark S.||1957||2,608 sf||4||13.7 t||1,101||12,926||37%||N/A|
|Andrea DeVries and Howard Degenholtz||1896||3,810 sf||5||22.6 t||2,244||17,550||36%||N/A|
|Kate C. & Dan G.||1941||1,092 sf||2||7.9 t||609||7,628||19%||Project Completed|
|Katie A.||Building Performance Association||1975||2,458 sf||4||14.3 t||943||15,252||25%||N/A|
|Evan M.||1922||1,514 sf||2||13 t||1,427||8,830||38%||Project Completed|
|Mike Phillips||Carnegie Mellon University||1950||3,701 sf||2||18.6||1,521||17,226||21%||Project Completed|
|D. White||1950||1,260 sf||4||13.2||1,040||12,586||14%||Project Completed|
|Charles K.||1920||4,142 sf||5||16 t||2,167||7,342||17%||Small Progress|
|Elisabeth U.||Green Building Alliance||1920||1,700 sf||2||9.3 t||869||7,650||27%||Project Completed|
|Robert S.||1959||3,023 sf||2||10.5 t||701||11,140||29%||Project Completed|
|Patrick Duffey||1930||1,378 sf||2||4.8 t||711||1,691||36%||Project Completed|
|Matthew Broerman||University of Pittsburgh||1920||1,224 sf||2||8.7 t||1,232||3,491||38%||N/A|
|MB & AR||1910||2,450 sf||2||16 t||1,938||9,445||31%||Project Completed|
|Fred B.||1910||1,898 sf||6||19.8 t||1,366||20,050||55%||N/A|
|Cari K.||1916||1,834 sf||4||11.7 t||1,680||4,647||47%||N/A|
|Derek D.||1911||2,064 sf||4||13.9 t||1,644||10,084||18%||Small Progress|
|Simone V.||1900||1,810 sf||N/A|
|Jason H.||1930||1,350 sf||2||8.4 t||602||8,598||37%||N/A|
|Jennifer Fox||CCI||1929||2,174 sf||3||13.2 t||871||14,003||21%||N/A|
|Lindsay Dill||Allegheny Land Trust||1910||1,568 sf||1||11.3 t||1,862||2,411||52%||Project Completed|
|Christine Graziano||Plant Five for Life||1920||2,295 sf||3||14.2 t||1,494||10,338||25%||N/A|
|Adam Bertonaschi||Branch Pattern||1940||1,311 sf||2||7.8 t||722||6,424||
|Melissa C.||1960||1,694 sf||5||15 t||1,825||8,778||46%||Small Progress|
|Erin Copeland||Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy||1930||1,312 sf||3||6.7 t||777||4,202||16%||Small Progress|
|Ginette Walker Vinski||Sustainable Pittsburgh||1951||1,242 sf||2||9.9 t||1,237||5,428||55%||Small Progress|
|Sarah O.||1910||2,234 sf||2||12.4t||1,028||11,391||19%||Small Progress|
Second Place Winners Also Did an Outstanding Job!
What was the Home Energy Showcase?
CCI’s Home Energy Showcase journey followed Sound Home program process. From there, participants were given the knowledge and access to available resources to make the home upgrades that work best for them and their families. We suggested three main ways to increase home efficiency, health, and safety:
- Work with a contractor to perform major home improvements. A home energy contractor can perform specific upgrades from your personalized list of recommendations in your Sound Home Plan report. CCI will connect you to vetted and certified contractors who can perform common energy improvements, such as sealing air leaks in the home, adding insulation in the attic and/or walls, weatherizing or replacing doors and storm windows, or replacing inefficient HVAC equipment. Each of these actions can considerably improve your home’s energy efficiency. See what others have done using contractors participating the Sound Home Program.
- This is undoubtedly the step that will have the greatest impact on your at-home energy reductions. It is strongly encouraged to consider the long term benefits of making such changes (as a climate action, for comfort, health, durability, and eventually, pocket book too, as home energy improvements do pay for themselves in the long run) even as they come with a larger price tag than the next two items.**
DIY actions taken for home improvement.
Your personalized energy audit will also include recommendations for DIY home improvements, such as adjusting programmable thermostats, turning off a second fridge, or upgrading to LED lights. If you are handy, any measures listed in 1 can also be executed as DIY!
Undertaking of additional conservation practices/behavioral changes that impact energy use.
Small day-to-day behaviors also matter and add up! Examples of such changes include unplugging electronics when not in use (cutting phantom loads), decreasing hot water use, air drying laundry. A list of potential actions will be provided to participants and we ask that you self-report undertaking these to CCI.
*For houses more than 3000 sq ft./more than one furnace or boiler, additional charges apply
**For those worried about the initial cost of contracted home upgrade projects, there are some options available in PA for financing energy efficiency improvements:
- PHFA HEELP loan - With 1% interest rate for PA homeowners with incomes below 150% Area Median Income.
- NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan - All income levels are eligible.
- Allegheny Home Improvement Loan Program - Eligibility restrictions are included in the link provided. Residents of the City of Pittsburgh are not eligible for this loan.
- URA Loan for Income-Qualified Residents of the City
CCI’s Home Energy Showcase was designed to help homeowners make a commitment to improving their home with an emphasis on energy and carbon reductions. Upgrading one’s home can be a large, but rewarding, project. In order to tackle it, it is important to make a plan, choose a point to start and continue to work towards an overall goal to improve home’s efficiency, durability, and comfort. Beyond the competition, we encourage you to pledge to review your energy audit yearly and set goals for continued home energy improvements!