Home Energy Efficiency and Conservation
The residential energy code for almost all of Pennsylvania is the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). For Philadelphia, PA's only first-class city, the current residential energy code is the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Any new home construction or major renovation project which requires a construction permit, and that was obtained on or after October 1, 2018, must comply with PA's current energy code. The 2015 IECC substantially improves home energy efficiency and overall energy performance by more than 30%, compared to Pennsylvania's previous energy code, the 2009 IECC.
According to the US Census Bureau, over 80% of all homes in Pennsylvania were built prior to October 2009 - and PA's adoption of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Consequently, this provides an excellent opportunity for significant energy conservation and energy efficiency savings improvements in your existing home. For quick tips on how to make your home more energy efficient, watch this video for energy efficiency and conservation ideas and check out these tips on how to reduce energy waste.
How can you tell if your home is efficient? The first step to improving the efficiency of your home is to assess how much energy your home uses to help determine what measures you can take to improve energy efficiency.
Taking steps to conserve energy and install energy efficient products and equipment will not only help you save energy, but will improve the environment and leave you with more disposable income for other necessities. Unfortunately, a "one size fits all" approach does not exist for energy efficiency and renewable energy in the home. Every home is unique – sometimes even on the same block! – as owners have changed windows or heating systems, or your house may be oriented differently to the sun or have a different number of occupants. Click here to learn how to get started.
Would you like to purchase a home or products or own a home knowing it is more energy efficient than others? There are labeling programs for both homes and products.