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!
As important as the actual home upgrades; generous participants have shared their own stories of why they joined, what they have learned, and what they want YOU to know for your own projects. Check out some of these stories by clicking on the highlighted names in the table at the bottom of the page!
Taking Charge: CCI's Home Energy Showcase
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 2019 cohort of 54 Home Energy Showcase participants have taken the first step in reducing their carbon footprint. With an average saving potential of 4.7 Tons of CO2 per year, this group of Pittsburgh area residents are working together to address 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. Registration is currently closed to be a cash-award-eligible participant, but you can still get involved as a LATE ADDITION CONTRIBUTOR and have your home energy savings added to the collective totals of the entire cohort!
How Can YOU Get Involved?
Sign up as a late addition contributor. That's it! You won't be eligible for cash prizes, but you can still use the same resources and process to improve your home. Fill out the form and call 412-431-4623 to be part of the CCI’s Home Energy Showcase!
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!
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CCI’s Home Energy Showcase journey follows Sound Home program and is offered at a reduced rate of $375 for a standard home*. From there, you will have the knowledge and access to 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. 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
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||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|
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.