• CCI's Home Energy Showcase

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    We make it easy to "take charge" of your home's carbon emissions and reduce energy waste

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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!

Showcase Testimonials

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 COemissions 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!

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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! 

 

 

Okay, give me the details!

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:

  1. 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.**
  2. 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!

  3. 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:

  1. PHFA HEELP loan - With 1% interest rate for PA homeowners with incomes below 150% Area Median Income.
  2. NEIF Home Energy Improvement Plan - All income levels are eligible.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!

 

 

 

ALSO, check out CCI's Sound Home Plan Program page to see what to expect from our audit and view past projects.

 

Current Participant Statistics

Name Affiliation Year Built Size of Home Household Size Tons of COPer 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% In Progress
Kathy Hrabovsky & Michael Oppenheimer 3R Sustainability 1939 1,906 sf 2 13.4 t 1,560 8,774 36% In Progress
Meghan Scanlon   1939 1,287 sf 1 7.8 t 981 4,190 33% In Progress
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% In Progress
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% In Progress
Aftyn G. City of Pittsburgh 1934 1,435 sf 1 8.4 t 1,033 4,786 67% In Progress
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% In Progress
Bryan Pendleton   1920 1,780 sf 3 14 t 2,188 4,010 44% In Progress
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% In Progress
Sylvia Francis   1930 1,436 sf 1 8.5 t 1,340 2,310 51% In Progress
Jessica Semler   1900 2,538 sf 4 17 t 844 20,491 42% In Progress
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% In Progress
Ed Wrenn   1900 2,405 sf 3 17.5 t 2,725 4,938 42% N/A
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% In Progress
Martina B. City of Pittsburgh 1923

1,814 sf

2 10.8 t 1,485 4,732 26% N/A
Gregory O.   1910

900 sf

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% In Progress
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% N/A
Mike Phillips Carnegie Mellon University 1950 3,701 sf 2 18.6 1,521 17,226 21% In Progress
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% In 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% N/A
Matthew Broerman University of Pittsburgh 1920 1,224 sf 2 8.7 t 1,232 3,491 38% In Progress
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% In Progress
Cari K.   1916 1,834 sf 4 11.7 t 1,680 4,647 47% In Progress
Derek D.   1911 2,064 sf 4 13.9 t 1,644 10,084 18% N/A
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% In Progress
Lindsay Dill Allegheny Land Trust 1910 1,568 sf 1 11.3 t 1,862 2,411 52% In Progress
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

35%

In Progress

Melissa C.   1960 1,694 sf 5 15 t 1,825 8,778 46% In Progress
Erin Copeland Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 1930 1,312 sf 3 6.7 t 777 4,202 16% N/A
Ginette Walker Vinski Sustainable Pittsburgh 1951 1,242 sf 2 9.9 t 1,237 5,428 55% N/A

 

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.

Contact Us

So, what are you waiting for?
Upgrade your home today! Fill out this form to get more information and get started.

Call us at (412) 431-4623 today!