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Resources

This site contains sites, tools, publications and links to other websites to help residents in dealing with and reducing their energy bills.

Home Energy Audits

For more information about home energy audits you can download a listing of PA-certified home energy raters by clicking this link. This list is in PDF format and is maintained by the PA Home Energy Program. You can also check with the Residential Energy Services Network for a list of home energy raters outside of Pennsylvania by clicking this link.

Home Energy Saver

The Home Energy Saver is a web-based, do-it-yourself tool homeowners can use to calculate the savings they may achieve by making their homes more energy efficient. It's sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy's ENERGY STAR program.

Home Energy Yardstick

The Home Energy Yardstick website can be used if you have five minutes and your energy bills are handy, find out if your energy use is above average. You will need to enter some common information about your home such as age, square footage, number of occupants and energy bill totals for a consecutive 12-month period (one year). If you don't keep your bills, contact your utility for a 12-month summary.

At Home with ENERGY STAR Home Energy Efficiency Podcasts

Watch video Podcasts detailing various energy efficiency measures you can take in your home to reduce your energy bills. Works with Quicktime or Windows Media Player.

Fuel Charts

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2006 Net Fuel Energy Output Cost per Therm 

This graph illustrates typical central Pennsylvania end use retail costs for various fuels used by the residential sector as of January 2006. Each fuel is represented in Cost ($) per Therm1 (100,000 British Thermal Units2). The chart provides residential customers with an estimation of the cost of fuels based on a standard energy value of one Therm (for each fuel type). Net fuel energy output has been corrected for typical residential heating appliance efficiencies3 as follows: Electricity = 100%; Kerosene = 75%; Fuel Oil, LPG (Liquid Propane Gas), and Natural Gas = 80%; Steam = 66%; Coal = 50%; Wood = 40%. For information on a specific utility in your area, please visit the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission web site.

2006 Fuel Costs per Delivered Unit 

This graph illustrates typical central Pennsylvania retail fuel costs for the residential sector as of January 2006. Each fuel is represented in a Cost ($) per unit volume (gallons, tons, kilowatt hours, etc.). This chart emphasizes the importance of comparing "apples-to-apples" when considering your residential energy options. For information on a specific utility in your area, please visit the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission web site.

Footnotes:

  1. What is a Therm? A unit of heat equal to 100,000 British thermal units (1.054 × 108 joules); American Heritage Dictionary.
  2. What is a British Thermal Unit (BTU)? The quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound from 60° to 61°F at a constant pressure of one atmosphere; American Heritage Dictionary.
  3. Efficiency Values taken from 2000 ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Handbook, HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Air-Conditioning) Systems and Equipment.

Public Utility Commission (PUC)

For information about the utilities in your area, tariff, and recent PUC rulings.

E-Library

A listing of the state publications related to homeowners.

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO)

The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) website provides information about what is going on in the energy front in general and a listing of other state energy offices website.

The Alliance to Save Energy

The Alliance to Save Energy provides Energy and Money Saving Tips for Consumers in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Home Power Boosters

The Pennsylvania Home Power Boosters: A Guide to Home Energy Savings (PDF)
The West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund provides this home energy manual for Pennsylvanians. The manual features residential energy case studies, tips and techniques to improve energy efficiency, and financial and informational resources available to Pennsylvania residents.

Energy Star

Energy Star website provides tips for conserving energy while efficiently heating your home. Includes finding and sealing air leaks, doing pre-season checks on your heating system, properly using your Energy Star thermostat, and other valuable information. You can go to their website by clicking this link.