Office of Sustainability
Saving Energy This Winter

Save on Your Heating Bill by Weatherizing Your Home!

Colder temperatures and darker evenings don’t have to mean higher energy bills this winter.  Weatherizing your home is one of the easiest ways to help the environment AND save money.   For tips on easy fixes and possible funding sources, consider the following:

  • Take small steps: if you are a renter or don’t want to spend a lot, consider these small actions recommended by Conservation Consultants, Inc:
    • Weather-stripping to seal leaks at the edges of windows or doors;
    • Caulking to seal gaps that don’t open and shut (e.g. where a fireplace or an air vent is built into the wall); and  
    • Insulating to keep the warm air in and the cool air out!
  • Home Improvement Loans: The Urban Redevelopment Authority offers low- and no-interest loans for home renovations and repairs, including energy efficiency improvements.  For more information, please click here.
  • Weatherization Assistance: Whether you are a renter or a home-owner, there are many weatherization and home improvement programs available for all income levels. ACTION-Housing provides a list of programs here.


Home Energy Scoring Pilot Program

You know how many miles per gallon your car gets, but do you know how many “miles per gallon” your home gets? A new Department of Energy program will introduce a user friendly home energy rating system in 10 locations across the US.  Allegheny County, PA will be one of the 10 pilot sites to test this new program!  Learn more here.


Composting Yard Waste

When raking leaves and picking up braches to get your yard ready for winter, remember that City residents can drop off yard waste for composting at the following Public Works locations:

  • 2nd Division PW - (West Homewood/ East Liberty) on Dallas Ave. at Hamilton Ave. Tel: 412-665-3609
  • 3rd Division PW - (Hazelwood) on Melanchton Ave., off 5200 block of 2nd Ave. Tel: 412-422-6524
  • 5th Division PW - (West End to Herschel Field) from Steuben St., turn right onto Hassler St., go past salt igloo Tel: 412-937-3054

For more information, click here.

Published:
Thursday, November 18, 2010
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