Energy Efficiency

Wiser energy use at home and in the workplace can reduce energy bills and help reduce pollution. Using energy more efficiently, whether by installing compact fluorescent light bulbs, buying more efficient appliances, or better insulating walls and windows, can lead to considerable economic savings and substantial decreases in air pollution. Simple efficiency improvements can save up to 50 per cent on energy bills. Reducing the energy used by the consumer through improved efficiency measures also helps to ease the demand placed on electric utilities for power.

The Council has long been a champion of energy efficiency programs for low-income ratepayers. Clean Air Council recently intervened in the First Energy-Allegheny merger case to gain additional funding for low-income electricity consumers in the Pennsylvania service territory. Furthermore, the Council started the Sustainable Energy Education Program (SEEP) in 2001 to educate the public about saving energy through conservation and energy efficiency. The program has been expanded to assist Pennsylvania utilities with their Act 129 requirements to reduce energy demand by consumers. The Council will continue to work with utilities in the Mid-Atlantic region to promote energy efficiency; likewise the Council will also continue its outreach to the community on the benefits of using energy more efficiently.


The Council was in Youngwood, PA November 18 to demand that the UCC RAC make Pennsylvania more efficient.

The Council has been waiting for the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council to publish their record of the February 20 meeting where the Council criticized the UCC RAC effort to update building codes in Pennsylvania.

You can read the minutes here.

Most interesting is lack of support for Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon's suggestions to promote the approval of new building codes.

The Council gave its second testimonial in as many sessions at the meeting of the Uniform Construction Code Review and Advisory Council. Support our cause in the actions section.


Testimony of
Logan Welde
Staff Attorney
Clean Air Council
Before the

Earlier this summer the Senate Appropriations Committee announced its intention to defund the Energy Efficiency Hub in South Philadelphia's Navy Yard and now Senator Bob Casey has written this letter to Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz telling him that the Hub is an important part of Pennsylvania's efforts toward efficiency. The Council thanks Senator Casey for supporting consumption reduction.