Who developed PA Home Energy?
PA Home Energy was by developed by the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund (WPPSEF) and its founding partners – Allegheny Power, EPA, DOE, Performance Systems Development, Envinity, MaGrann Associates, and Affordable Comfort. The WPPSEF is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization formed in 2000. Its mission is to promote the use of renewable and clean energy; promote energy conservation and energy efficiency; and promote the attraction, establishment, and retention of sustainable energy businesses.
What is ENERGY STAR?
ENERGY STAR is the government-backed symbol for energy efficiency. It identifies new homes, commercial buildings and more than 40 types of products that are energy efficient and offer the features, quality and personal comfort that today’s consumers expect. Products that can earn the ENERGY STAR label include appliances, lighting, home office equipment, consumer electronics, and heating and cooling equipment. ENERGY STAR is a voluntary partnership between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and more than 9,000 organizations, including more than 2,500 of the nation’s home builders. PA Home Energy is a proud partner of the ENERGY STAR program
How will PA Home Energy be deployed in Pennsylvania?
Most programs are piloted in a region before being widely available. PA Home Energy will be initially piloted in the 23-county West Penn Power (WPP) service region which provides electricity to over 710,000 residential customers. As the program infrastructure grows, the PA Home Energy team will work to expand the program throughout Pennsylvania. Homeowners can help this process – ask for ENERGY STAR.
I am considering building or buying a new home, what do I do?
PA Home Energy is using ENERY STAR Qualified Homes as its program base. If you are considering building a new home you will need to work with a builder who can build to ENERGY STAR standards. PA Home Energy can help you. If you are planning to purchase a newly constructed house ask the builder or realtor if the home was built to ENERGY STAR standards and ask to see the ENERGY STAR label. The more consumers ask – the faster ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes will begin to appear.
I have an existing home, how will PA Home Energy help me?
PA Home Energy is using Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to assist homeowners improve their home performance. BPI certified contractors will be used to perform a comprehensive whole house energy audit which will analyze energy use and make specific recommendations on how to improve the home. Homeowners can enjoy reduced energy costs while improving the safety and comfort of their home.
Is PA Home Energy a Green Home Program?
PA Home Energy will help homeowners not only reduce their energy use, an essential perquisite for any green home program, but also educate consumers on how to green their home. PA Home Energy will support the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes program as it is piloted in Pennsylvania.
Download USGBC –16 Ways to Green Your Home (115 KB)
Does PA Home Energy offer financing?
PA Home Energy works closely with the Keystone Home Energy Loan Program (Keystone HELP) to provide homeowners that make ENERGY STAR improvements with low-cost, unsecured financing. Base funding for Keystone HELP is made possible by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. Keystone HELP financing is available statewide. Visit Keystone HELP.