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Your guide to energy rebates in Philadelphia: PECO, PPL, Met Ed, and more

Looking for rebates on energy-efficient home upgrades? Here’s how to get them.

Looking for rebates on energy-efficient home upgrades? Here’s how to get them.

If you’re researching energy usage and HVAC upgrades for your Philadelphia house, you know that solving your home’s climate control issues will probably require some significant home improvements. And that could cost some serious money.

The solution? Take advantage of the energy rebates in Philadelphia and surrounding metro areas that are available to you through your local utility company. (And be sure to give Sealed a call to get HVAC upgrades for no upfront cost—but more on that later.)

In this guide to Philadelphia energy rebates, you’ll:

  • Discover the average utility bill in Philadelphia (and how you can lower your home energy use while getting a more comfortable, healthier home).
  • See energy rebates at the most utilized energy companies in Philadelphia, including PECO rebates, PPL rebates, and Met Ed Rebates.
  • Find out how to apply for energy rebates in Philadelphia
  • Learn how you can save money on home upgrades, and depending on where you live, get energy-efficient upgrades at no upfront cost.

First, before we dive into what energy rebates in Philadelphia are available to homeowners, let’s cover how they help you make energy-efficient home upgrades.

How home energy rebates in Philadelphia work

Okay, first things first: How do home energy rebates work? And how can using a rebate to make home upgrades affect your average cost of utilities?

Getting a rebate for an energy-efficient home upgrade, like replacing your 20-year-old HVAC system with a heat pump, saves you money on your home appliance or service purchase. Then the upgrades themselves go to work by reducing your overall energy usage.

And often these home improvements can cut your usage significantly, especially when you invest in upgrading your home’s insulation, get professional air sealing, or replace older appliances with energy-efficient ones. 

What is the average cost of utilities in Philadelphia?

On average, Philadelphia residents pay about $142 per month in electricity, $71 a month in natural gas, and $48 per month in water (1). That’s $261 per month in overall utility bill costs if you have all three of these utility services in your home. 

But your home energy costs may look a little different. The average utility bill in Philadelphia varies based on a few things, including:

  • The square footage of your home
  • Types of energy used by your appliances (natural gas, electricity, oil)
  • Number of people who live with you
  • The efficiency of your HVAC system
  • How old your house is
  • Your home’s insulation
  • Amount of air leaks in your house

And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Philadelphia residents pay more than the national average for their electricity and natural gas per unit (2).

Learn how you can lower your home’s energy usage in the Philadelphia area.

Here’s how home energy rebates work

When you’re ready to make your home more efficient, energy rebates can help save you money on qualifying home upgrades.

Homeowners can apply for Philadelphia energy rebates directly through their utility company. You’ll fill out an application directly with your utility, and they’ll send you the rebate money once processed. (We’ve included lists for PECO rebates, PPL rebates, and Met Ed rebates below.)

There are a few ways to find rebates for Philadelphia electric companies and gas utility providers:

  • See lists of PECO rebates, PPL rebates, and Met Ed Rebates below in this article
  • Discover energy star rebates using the Energy Star Rebate finder tool (3)
  • Get in contact with your utility company directly

Why does your utility company want you to use less energy, anyway? Don’t they want to sell you more energy? 

Many utility companies in Philadelphia are incentivized—and even required—to reduce the amount of energy their customers use. So they offer rebates to encourage you to make the upgrades your house needs to reduce your energy usage. It’s a win for everyone!

At Sealed, we can help you get important home upgrades that make your home more comfortable, healthy, and efficient. At Sealed, we can help you get important home upgrades that make your home more comfortable, healthy, and efficient.

Philadelphia Energy Rebates

Before you decide what energy-saving home upgrades to invest in and which rebates to use, here are a couple facts you should know about:

  • On average, 35% of home energy consumption is wasted—and half of your home energy use is put toward heating and cooling your home (4, 5). 
  • Air leaks alone cause about 25–30% of the heating and cooling load for a typical home (6).

What does all this mean for Philadelphia area homeowners?

Quite simply: The energy you’re paying for is very likely escaping your house. Energy costs in Philly are already higher than the national average, and if your house is wasting dollars via air leaks and improper home insulation (let’s be honest—it probably is, especially if you have an older home), that’s a lot of money thrown into the wind. 

How do you fix the energy waste problem? The answer depends on your situation, but the best solutions usually at least one of these strategies:

  1. Getting your home professionally air-sealed and insulated
  2. Upgrading your home HVAC system (usually to an energy-efficient heat pump)

If you’re wondering where to put your Philadelphia energy rebates, that’s where you should start. When put together, these two strategies can completely transform a chilly, drafty house (or one that’s too hot in the summer) into a home that’s comfortable 365 days of the year.

Learn more about how air sealing works with insulation to solve home comfort problems.

Basically, if you’re serious about increasing your home’s value and making your home unbelievably comfy, using your rebate dollars for air sealing, insulation, and better HVAC is a great option.

(Want to know for sure which upgrades are best for your house? Schedule a call with a Sealed home comfort expert. It’s 100% free to get professional advice.)

PECO rebates

If you’re a PECO customer, there are quite a few rebates available to you when you make energy-saving home upgrades that are ENERGY STAR® certified. 

Here’s a quick list of PECO rebates (we’ll look at some of them in-depth below!):

  • Appliance rebates for certified appliances
  • Air purifier
  • Bathroom ventilation fan
  • Clothes dryer (electric)
  • Clothes washer 
  • Dehumidifier
  • Heat pump clothes dryer
  • Heat pump water heater
  • Refrigerator
  • Room air conditioner
  • ENERGY STAR® pool pumps
  • Heating and cooling rebates, including air-source heat pumps and ductless mini-split heat pumps
  • Heat pump water heater
  • PECO new home rebates for ENERGY STAR® certified homes (7)

You’ll need to check with PECO directly to determine what rebates are currently available to you. But when you work with Sealed to make energy-efficient home upgrades, we can help you find the right rebates for your home.

PECO thermostat rebate

PECO has offered thermostat rebates in the past. However, it’s not directly listed as a rebate on the PECO website currently. Call PECO directly for active rebate offerings.

Learn more about how smart thermostats can help cut energy usage (and how you can get one free with Sealed).

PECO smart home rebates

PECO does offer rebates for ENERGY STAR® certified homes. Your home builder will be able to provide certification based on certain requirements met by new construction homes (8).

PECO HVAC rebates or PECO air conditioner rebates

There are a few PECO air conditioner options available that offer a rebate, including ENERGY STAR® certified room air conditioners, central air conditioning units, air source heat pumps, and ductless mini-split heat pumps, and ECM fan motors that meet certain specifications.

Is it time for an HVAC upgrade in your house? Discover when to replace your air conditioner or when to replace your heater.

PECO gas rebates

There are a few PECO natural gas rebates available if you meet PECO’s Natural Gas Energy Efficiency Rebate Program requirements. Appliances can include:

  • A furnace or boiler that’s ENERGY STAR® certified
  • A tank hot water heater that’s ENERGY STAR® certified (8)

However, if your home heating system currently runs on gas or oil, you may be able to lower your annual energy use even further by converting to an electric air source heat pump instead. 

PPL rebates

If you’re a PPL utility customer, there are rebates available to you, too! Here’s an overview of the PPL rebates available on ENERGY STAR® certified upgrades, and we’ll cover a few more in depth below.

  • Air-source heat pump
  • Central air conditioning
  • Ductless mini-split heat pumps
  • Retrofit bonus
  • Heat pump water heater
  • Smart thermostats
  • Basement insulation
  • Air sealing
  • Attic insulation
  • Water heating and central heating fuel switch
  • Pool pumps
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Refrigerator (8)

Remember, check directly with your utility to determine what rebates are currently active.

PPL HVAC rebates

PPL offers several HVAC rebates, including savings for air-source heat pumps, ductless mini-split heat pumps, and central air conditioning upgrades. 

Wondering if it’s the right time for your house to get a new air conditioner? Learn when to replace your AC here.

PPL heat pump rebate

There are PPL heat pump rebates available to current PPL customers for air-source heat pumps and ductless mini-split heat pumps.

With Sealed, you can get a heat pump professionally installed (and use your PPL rebate) with zero upfront cost. Learn more.

PPL dehumidifier rebate

PPL customers have access to a rebate for ENERGY STAR® certified dehumidifiers.

By the way, if you have a humidity concern in your house, professional air sealing and insulation can restore correct and healthy airflow through your home (and help resolve moisture issues).

PPL refrigerator rebate

As a PPL customer, you have access to a PPL refrigerator rebate for an ENERGY STAR® certified appliance upgrade. (And there’s an added bonus for recycling your old refrigerator!)

PPL energy savings program

Through the PPL energy savings program, utility customers can cut their costs on important residential and business energy-saving upgrades. Customers can also shop the PPL marketplace for discounts on energy-efficient products (10).

Looking to lower your energy use and make your home more comfortable, all while keeping money in the bank? Learn how you can get professional home insulation, air sealing, and heat pump installation in Philadelphia at no upfront cost

Met Ed rebates

Met Ed First Energy customers, here are rebates available to you when you update certain appliances to ENERGY STAR® certified products.

  • Air purifier
  • Ceiling fan with LED light kit
  • Clothes dryer
  • Clothes washer
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Smart thermostat
  • Room air conditioner
  • Variable speed pool pump
  • Air source heat pump
  • Central air conditioner
  • Circulation pump
  • Ductless mini-split AC
  • Furnace fan
  • Geothermal heat pump
  • Heat pump air to water w/domestic hot water
  • HVAC tune-up
  • Packaged terminal air conditioner
  • Packaged terminal heat pump
  • Heat pump water heater
  • Solar water heater (11)

Check with your utility to see what current Met Ed energy rebates are available in your area.

Met Ed appliance rebate

There are many Met Ed appliance rebates available, from air purifiers and dishwashers to air source heat pumps and HVAC tune-ups (listed above). If you’re curious about what energy-efficient home upgrades to make first, check out our guide on what to do about your home’s energy waste for the most effective solutions to home energy reduction.

Met Ed refrigerator rebate

Looking for a new fridge? If you’re a First Energy customer in the Philadelphia area, there is a Met Ed refrigerator rebate available for ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerators (12).

Other energy rebates and utility savings in Philadelphia

Depending on where you live in Pennsylvania, you can shop around for the best prices on electricity in your area. That’s one extra way to lower your utility costs in addition to rebates on energy-efficient home upgrades.

Another way to lower your utility usage? Get a low-cost or free home energy audit from your utility provider to learn new ways your home can cut energy use (more on that below). And depending on your household income, there are also many income-based programs to help with paying utilities as well.

Income-based help with home utility costs

For income-based help with your energy bill costs in Philadelphia, check out the following resources:

Low-cost (or free!) Philadelphia energy audits

With a low-cost or free home energy audit through your local Philadelphia utility company, you can have a certified contractor visit your home. They’ll make custom recommendations for ways you can improve your comfort and efficiency.

(Don’t forget—Philadelphia homeowners can also talk to a Sealed climate control expert. It’s 100% free. Just answer a few questions about your house to get started. We’ll help you figure out the best strategy for your situation!)

How to get energy-efficient home upgrades in Philadelphia at no upfront cost

Rebates are a great way to save money on individual appliances—or even services such as professional air sealing—but with Sealed, you can get many of these updates (and use energy rebates available in Philadelphia) at no upfront cost. 

Yes—you read that right: no upfront cost. You’ll pay us back little by little, at a rate based on the energy you’ll save as a result of the work. That means you’ll get the comfortable, energy-efficient home you need, but without the huge, upfront expense. 

At Sealed, we’re experts at making your home unbelievably comfortable and energy-efficient with insulation, professional air sealing, and energy-efficient heat pumps. (It’s definitely a science, and we love nerding out about it.) 

And—bonus—you can use your PECO rebates, PPL rebates, Met Ed rebates, and more with Sealed’s services.

Heat pump installation in Philadelphia

If you’re ready to upgrade your HVAC through energy rebates, electric air-source heat pumps are the Tesla of HVAC systems

A heat pump runs on electricity to cool your home in summer and heat your home in the winter. It’s a two-for-one HVAC appliance, it’s whisper quiet, runs on clean energy, and can be installed without existing ductwork if needed. Learn more about how a heat pump works.

And you can get heat pump installation in Philadelphia and surrounding areas at no upfront cost with Sealed. (And remember, you can still use your PECO, PPL, or Met Ed rebates!)

Professional air sealing and home insulation in Philadelphia

If you have insufficient insulation or air leaks in your home (and almost every home has air leaks!), you’ll be paying to heat and cool the outdoors—even if you purchase a new, energy-efficient HVAC system 

That’s why the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission recommends air sealing as a way to reduce energy waste in your home (13).

Sealing and insulating your home correctly is a highly technical process, so you should definitely have experts do it. (Here’s how to get your home professionally air-sealed in Philadelphia—without a huge upfront hit to your wallet.)

Make your home more comfortable with Sealed today

Ready to increase your home’s energy efficiency and comfort? Sealed is the better way to pay for home improvements—and we’ll help you figure out which Philadelphia energy rebates you can apply to your home upgrades. 

If you live in an eligible area in or near Philadelphia, you might be able to get a heat pump installed and professional home insulation and air sealing at no upfront cost. 

You’ll pay for the work done little by little—at a rate based on the energy you save. (And if you don’t use less energy, you don’t have to pay. We stand by our work.) Learn more today.

January 4, 2022