CCI’s Home Energy Showcase is a competition calling on Pittsburgh-region homeowners to take action to reduce the portion of their greenhouse gas emissions tied to their home. The Home Energy Showcase starts with an audit from CCI's Sound Home Plan. What is Sound Home Plan? Watch this quick video to find out!
CCI’s certified and experienced energy auditors are here to help you understand opportunities to improve your home’s performance. Through technical expertise, and easy-to-understand reporting, YOU can move towards LOWER energy waste and a HIGHER performing home!
Taking Charge: CCI's Home Energy Showcase
Do you feel uncertain about how YOU can contribute to fight climate change? 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.
The Home Energy Showcase will raise awareness of this issue and provide actionable insights for reducing the carbon footprint of your home. By participating in this initiative, you will be promoting and contributing to region-wide reductions in home energy use. These improvements are—and must be recognized as—an essential piece of Pittsburgh’s climate mitigation plans.
Recognition and cash awards will be provided to winners in three categories of home-energy performance improvements competition!
Our goal is to bring together sustainability-minded homeowners to show the Pittsburgh region that home energy use reductions are an ATTAINABLE and IMPACTFUL climate mitigation strategy. We are calling upon YOU to help us mobilize others and create real and substantial environmental change. Sign up now to TAKE CHARGE and be a part of CCI’s Home Energy Showcase!
How Can YOU Get Involved?
Sign up. That's it! Use the form at the top or the bottom of the page to take the first step in upgrading your home and becoming a part of CCI's Home Energy Showcase! Also, fill out our Participation Agreement and get it back to us ASAP.
For the Showcase itself, it all starts with an energy audit which will highlight potential upgrades to improve the efficiency, health, and safety of your home. You will have eight months to make any changes, and we ask that you commit to making at least one. It can be as simple as changing all lights to LED or as complex as reducing the air leakage from your house by 50%. Share your progress with your fellow participants, and compete in making energy reductions to take home one of our three coveted awards!
Are your energized by these ideas, but don’t own a home or simply can't join in? Retweet and post about our initiative using our Facebook page and Twitter posts. Here is our Overview Document that can be used for outreach! Sign up for behavioral changes/conservation tips from CCI (you can use the same forms at the top and bottom of this page and indicate your interest in being a "Climate Catalyst" in the comment section). And if you are successful in recruiting others we might recognize you with one of the Climate Catalyst awards. Showcase participants can compete for this recognition as well. Read the Climate Catalyst rules here.
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CCI’s Home Energy Showcase journey starts with an energy audit from the Sound Home program, offered at a reduced rate of $375 for a standard home*. From there, you will have the knowledge and access available resources to make the home upgrades that work best for you and your family! We suggest three main ways to increase your home’s 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.
- 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
Time is of the essence. If you decide to participate in the Showcase, we strongly suggest that you start on the process of making plans for improvement as soon as possible after receiving your energy audit report.
CCI’s Home Energy Showcase is 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!
Current Participant Statistics
|Name||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|
|Matt Mahoney||1910||1380 sf||4||12.6 t||1559||7108||50%|
|Kathy Hrabovsky & Michael Oppenheimer||1939||1906 sf||2||13.4 t||1560||8,774||36%|
|Meghan Scanlon||1939||1287 sf||1||7.8 t||981||4,190||33%|
|LN B.||1988||3751 sf||3||12.4 t||1146||10,425||29%|
|Mike S.||1900||3696 sf||4||19.9 t||3081||5,890||38%|
|Flore Marion||1910||3152 sf||4||21 t||2739||10,674||48%|
|Sarah States||1910||2466 sf||2||12.5 t||1572||6,849||23%|
|Betsy F.||1920||2191 sf||1||12.9 t||1271||10,156||36%|
|Aftyn G.||1934||1435 sf|
|Gail Harper||1951||1878 sf|
|Erika Strassburgher||1920||1704 sf|
|Peter Cormas||1920||1336 sf||2||8.7 t||941||6,007||37%|
|Bryan Pendleton||1920||1780 sf|
THIS SUMMARY IS AN OVERVIEW ONLY. THE CONTEST IS SUBJECT TO COMPLETE OFFICIAL RULES. THE OFFICIAL RULES, ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL DETAILS, INFORMATION ON REGISTRATION, AND PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS CAN BE FOUND HERE.