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PITTSBURGH, PA - March 26, 2010
Finding the leaks: Energy audits can result in savings

Some examinations are simple checks to see whether there is a draft by a window.

Others involve sucking the air out of a house with what is called a blower door. Both aim at the same benefit: saving money.

Home energy auditors throughout Western Pennsylvania say examinations of homes could result in thousands of dollars in improvements, but also could pay for themselves in a few years.

"We recently did this examination in an Aspinwall home, and it will result in about $7,000 (of) work," says Joe Morinville from Robinson's Energy Independent Solutions. "But it will pay for itself in less than four years."

"Then it starts making money," adds Tim Carryer from Highland Park's Green Over Green, a firm that does energy-related renovations.

Carryer is president and Morinville a member of the Diagnostic Energy Auditors of Western Pennsylvania, a consortium of auditors who test homes and some who even do improvements.

They are far from alone in their advocacy of energy audits.

Download pdf for more information or visit TribLIVE at www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/lifestyles/homegarden/s_673598.html


HARRISBURG, PA - March 10, 2010
Act 129- Energy Efficiency & Conservation: Information for Your Home

Act 129 of 2008 provides Pennsylvania electric utility consumers opportunities to take energy efficiency and conservtion to the next level. The General Assembly enacted Act 129 to require Pennsylvania’s seven largest electric distribution companies (EDCs) to develop energy efficiency and conservation plans (EE&C) and adopt other methods of reducing the amount of electricity consumed by customers.

The General Assembly charged the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) with implementing Act 129 and guiding consumers and electric utilities toward achieving the legislation’s overall goals of reducing energy consumption and peak electric demand. The PUC is implementing the Act in phases that address EDC responsibilities to implement EE&C programs; smart meter technology; time-of-use rates; real-time pricing plans; default service procurement; market misconduct; alternative energy sources; and cost recovery. The schedule for putting into practice this landmark legislation, while aggressive, is reflective of the immediacy of the energy challenges the Commonwealth is addressing.

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STATE COLLEGE, PA - January 27, 2010PA Home Energy Conference 2010
PA Home Energy Conference 2010
March 15-16, 2010 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel

Interested in energy audits or green building? Join the Pennsylvania ENERGY STAR® Team and be part of the new energy future!

Registration:

  • $295 General Participants
  • $145 PA Home Energy Service Providers

Conference starts on March 15th:

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803

Room rate is $109/ single. Use code PAHC10A when booking to get the special room rate. All rooms must be booked by Thursday, February 26, 2010 in order to get the special room rate.

Click here for driving direction or call the front desk at (814) 863-5000

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UNIONTOWN, PA - November 5, 2009
PA Home Energy Adds Thirty New ENERGY STAR Homes in Uniontown, PA

Uniontown, PA Dedication to 30 new ENERGY STAR Homes 11/05/09

Thirty new ENERGY STAR homes have just been added to the list of completed and successful projects under the PA Home Energy Program. What sets Uniontown Family Homes apart and makes this project truly unique is that they are all part of a residential urban infill project aimed at revitalizing one of the more economically challenged regions of Pennsylvania.

The Uniontown project is a collaborative effort led by PIRHL – The Partnership for Income Restricted Housing Leadership – a Cleveland-based owner, developer and general contractor of affordable single family and multifamily housing, whose stated mission is “to thoughtfully address America’s affordable housing crisis through the development, construction and ownership of high quality single-family and multifamily affordable housing.” and the Fayette County Community Action Council (FCCAC), headed by Jim Stark.

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JEANNETTE, PA - August 20, 2009
New Affordable Homes on South Sixth Street in Jeannette-
September 13, 2009

South Sixth Street in Jeannette

Why rent when you can own your own home? First time homebuyers receive up to $8,000 in tax credits, plus down payment and closing cost assistance.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - August 20, 2009
Pennsylvania Should Continue Funding Energy-Saving Home Improvements

The current Pennsylvania budget does not include funding for a key program that has helped thousands of moderate-income homeowners make critical improvements to save energy.

Over 10,000 state homeowners have used Keystone HELP (www.keystonehelp.com) , the state's innovative low-rate loan and rebate program, to make energy-saving improvements to their home such as Energy Star rated heating, cooling, insulation and ''whole house'' energy makeovers, saving thousands of dollars on their energy bills. And over 1,400 independent Pennsylvania businesses have become approved Keystone HELP contractors, relying on the program to offer their customers an affordable way to pay for needed energy efficiency improvements.

Because the current budget does not include funding for this program, rebates have been suspended and low-rate loans may be available only for a few more months. The Alternative Energy Investment Act, which the General Assembly passed only last year, called for eight years of funding for energy conservation efforts such as Keystone HELP.

At a time of constrained credit, a tough economy and rising energy costs, it is imperative that the Legislature ensure there is continued funding for this cost effective and efficient program that not only helps families save money and energy but also provides Pennsylvania contractors with a vital tool to make these improvements economically affordable.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - August 18, 2009
PA Home Energy Service Provider PR Builder, Inc. Announces a New Village of ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes

PR Builder, Inc. announces a new village of ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes

The Village at Springbrook Farms is a new neighborhood of ENERGY STAR qualified ranch style homes that combine the convenience of one floor living with comfort and affordability. Starting in the low 200s, these homes feature over 1500 square feet of living space, two bedrooms, two baths, a living room or great room, foyer, kitchen, dining and attached two-car garage.

All new homes in the Village at Springbrook are ENERGY STAR qualified at no additional cost to the buyer. The new owners can enjoy a home that has lower monthly utility bills, while offering superior comfort and lasting durability. To earn the ENERGY STAR, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes include additional energy-saving features that typically make them 2030% more efficient than standard homes.

The Village has also been recognized as a model for storm water management. The low impact development helps recharge ground water and keep Pennsylvania's rivers and lakes clean. Rain and water are managed on-site with rain gardens and infiltration beds to provide an environmentally friendly solution while increasing green, open space.

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HARRISBURG, PA - April 22, 2009
PHFA Preservation through Smart Rehab Multifamily Energy Auditor Training

In an effort to lessen the impact of rising energy costs on Pennsylvania’s affordable housing stock, PHFA has developed a multifamily energy conservation loan program, known as Preservation through Smart Rehab. Through Smart Rehab, funds will be available to make building systems more efficient. Properties seeking these funds will be required to have an energy audit performed by a qualified energy professional. In connection with the Program, the Agency is sponsoring Building Performance Institute (BPI) Certified Multifamily Analyst training. Auditing firms will be required to have a certified multifamily analyst on staff for program participation after July 31, 2009. The 6-day training will focus on multifamily buildings of various configurations, and culminate with the BPI Multifamily Analyst Certification testing on May 29, 2009

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HARRISBURG, PA - April 2, 2009
One-Day Workshops to Help Contractors Maximize Energy Efficiency Work for Homeowners

The Department of Environmental Protection will hold a series of one-day workshops throughout Pennsylvania for contractors to help ensure homeowners realize the maximum benefit from any work to make their residence more energy efficient.

DEP, through West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund and Energy Coordinating Agency, is sponsoring Home Performance 101—a workshop that will provide contractors with an introduction to home performance concepts and related programs.

Workshop participants will learn the “house as a system” approach to energy conservation and energy efficiency, how to integrate that approach into their business model, and how to gain a better understanding of the market forces affecting homeowners.

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HARRISBURG, PA - March 2, 2009
Governor Rendell says Pa. Making Energy Efficiency Upgrades More Affordable, Saving Consumers Money

Pennsylvania is stepping up its efforts to help more families cut their energy bills, said Governor Edward G. Rendell today as he announced an expanded effort to make energy conservation and efficiency measures more affordable for households.

The Governor said the new, $17 million Keystone HELP Energy Efficiency Loan and Rebate Program will make it easier for families to insulate their homes, seal off drafts, or install things like high-efficiency heating and cooling systems, geothermal heat pumps, and ENERGY STAR-qualified windows and doors.

Governor Rendell said making these improvements now is important for households to avoid the full impact of higher energy costs, especially as the remaining caps on electricity rates expire over the next two years.

“During these difficult financial times, families need to save money anywhere they can,” said Governor Rendell. “Energy efficiency upgrades will reduce their monthly bills now and keep those bills manageable as electricity rates increase.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - February 4, 2009
PA Home Energy Conference- PAHE sponsored by ACI
3/18 - 3/19/09

The Pennsylvania Home Energy network is a team of green building professionals who are turning customer demand for comfort and energy efficiency into business opportunity and growth.

Registration:

  • $140 General Participants
  • $35 PA Home Energy Service Providers

Conference starts at 1:00 pm on March 18th

The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
215 Innovation Boulevard
State College, PA 16803

Room rate is $109/ single. Use code PAHC09A when booking to get the special room rate. All rooms must be booked by Monday, February 16, 2009 in order to get the special room rate.

Click here for driving direction or call the front desk at (814) 863-5000

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