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It’s easier than ever to retrofit your house room by room, creating a more comfortable home that wastes less energy and money.

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Includes a range of tools and incentives to reduce energy use.

Super-low interest loans makes energy efficiency affordable.

Program benefits are available to all income levels.

Save small on things like high-efficiency light bulbs or save big on investments like geothermal heating and cooling.

Available statewide, with special low rates in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.

With Smart House Call, save on energy audits and even more on insulation, air sealing and heating system maintenance.

Loans for home improvements from insulation and air sealing to solar panels and new windows.

Get rebates on ENERGY STAR appliances like air conditioners and refrigerators.

Backed by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania State Treasury.

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fying ENERGY STAR-rated appliance and you’ll save $150 a year in costs, plus you’ll get a $50 rebate from PECO and $35 when they pick up the outdated model. Refrigerators and freezers run best when full, so fill empty space with gallon jugs of water.

when they aren’t being used. Using a power strip (supplied free from PECO for qualifying customers), you can “unplug” a variety of appliances with the press of a single button.

ity or gas, especially ones with a constantly burning pilot light. Save money by replacing with an ENERGY STAR-rated model.

6 Replace a 2.2 gallon-per-minute (GPM) faucet aerator with 1.1 GPM and receive a $10 PGW rebate while helping cut water usage in half.

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little as 5 gallons of water, compared to as much as 27 gallons of water washing by hand. That’s a savings of more than 4,700 gallons of water a year. ENERGY STAR qualified dishwasher can save up to 10% in energy.

program can cover investments in a geothermal home well — as much as $35,000. PECO offers rebates of $200 per ton for ENERGY STAR heat pumps — that's $800 for an average house.

3 Many houses have a drafty backdoor in the kitchen. PGW and PECO rebates and KeystoneHELP loans are available for weather-stripping windows, doors and more.

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last much longer than incandescent bulbs. A CFL uses 75% less energy and lasts eight times as long as an incandescent. LEDs last five times as long as CFLs, and use even less energy. PECO offers rebates on ENERGY STAR CFLs ($1-$3) and LEDs ($5$15). (See infographic for more details.)

showers and three sinks: $132) for lowflow faucet and showerhead aerators, which are free from PECO for qualifying customers who get a full home energy audit. Reduce your flow from two gallons per minute to just a half gallon. Typical energy savings $23 per year. Replacing a 2.2 GPM showerhead with 1.5 GPM on average yields a $35 PGW rebate, and replacing a 2.2 GPM faucet aerator with 1.1 GPM yields a $10 PGW rebate.

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At Philadelphia Gas Works we’re developing new ways for residential customers to save more money and use less energy, without sacrificing comfort. That’s why PGW rebates of up to $2,000 are available for homeowners, landlords and even renters who replace their old furnace or boiler. Find out how to save green by being green at: www.PGWEnergySense.com

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