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Your guide to PA energy rebates: PECO, PPL, FirstEnergy, 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 Pennsylvania 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 PA energy rebates in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, 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 PA energy rebates, you’ll:

  • Discover 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 Pennsylvania, including PECO rebates, PPL rebates, and Met Ed Rebates
  • Find out how to apply for PA energy rebates in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and surrounding areas
  • 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 PA energy rebates are available to homeowners, let’s cover how they help you make energy-efficient home upgrades. (If you’re here looking for something specific, use the table of contents below to jump ahead.)

PA energy rebate guide quick links:

  • How home energy rebates work
  • PA energy rebates
  • List of PECO rebates
  • List of PPL rebates
  • List of FirstEnergy rebates
  • List of Duquesne Light Company rebatesTK
  • List of UGI gas rebatesTK
  • Other ways to save on energy use in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and PA beyond
  • Income-based help with home utility costs for PA residents
  • List of low-cost or free Pennsylvania or Greater Pittsburgh and Philadelphia energy audits
  • Heat pump installation in Pennsylvania 
  • Professional air sealing and home insulation in Pennsylvania
  • How to get expert home upgrades—at NO upfront cost

How home energy rebates in Pennsylvania 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. 

Here’s why home energy rebates are so helpful

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 PA 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 all Pennsylvania utilities, including PECO rebates, PPL rebates, and FirstEnergy rebates below.) 

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

  • See lists of Pennsylvania energy rebates below in this article
  • Discover energy star rebates using the Energy Star Rebate finder tool (1)
  • 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 Pennsylvania 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 no upfront cost. (And you can use your local energy rebates, too.) Learn how.

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

PA 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 25–40% of the heating and cooling load for a typical home (6).

What does all this mean for Pennsylvania homeowners?

Quite simply: The energy you’re paying for is very likely escaping your house. 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 PA 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 smart home rebates

If you’re building a new home, PPL offers 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).

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

FirstEnergy company rebates

If you’re a Pennsylvania Power Company (Penn Power), Metropolitan Edison Company (Met-Ed), or Pennsylvania Electric Company (Penelec) customer, this section is for you!

FirstEnergy customers, below 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
  • Room air conditioner
  • Heat pump water heater
  • Solar water heater (11)
  • Ventilation bath ran

Check with your utility to see what current FirstEnergy rebates are available in your area.

FirstEnergy appliance rebate

There are many FirstEnergy 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.

FirstEnergy refrigerator rebate

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

Duquesne Light Company rebatesTK

For Duquesne Light Company customers, here are the rebates that are available to you when you update certain appliances to ENERGY STAR® certified products.

  • Dehumidifier
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Smart thermostat
  • Variable speed pool pump
  • Air source heat pump
  • Central air conditioner
  • Ductless mini-split AC
  • Heat pump water heater
  • Home Air Sealing
  • Duct Insulation
  • Attic Insulation
  • Basement/Crawl Space Insulation

Check with your utility to see what current Duquesne Light Company energy rebates are available in your area.

Duquesne Light Company appliance rebate

There are many Duquesne Light Company appliance rebates available, from freezers and refrigerators to air source heat pumps and insulation (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.

Duquesne Light Company energy savings program

Through the Duquesne Light Company energy savings program, utility customers can cut their costs on important residential and business energy-saving upgrades. Customers can also shop the Duquesne Light Company 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 at no upfront cost.

UGI gas rebatesTK

Natural gas heated homes

There are a few UGI natural gas rebates available. Appliances can include:

  • Smart thermostats
  • A furnace or boiler that’s ENERGY STAR® certified
  • Combi boiler
  • 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. 

(Learn how to upgrade to a heat pump for no upfront cost.) 

Electrically heated homes

There are a few UGI rebates available for electrically heated homes. Appliances can include:

  • Clothes washer
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Smart thermostat
  • Room air conditioner
  • Ductless mini-split AC
  • Central air conditioner

UGI appliance rebate

There are many UGI appliance rebates available, from freezers and refrigerators to ductless mini-splits and smart thermostats (listed above). Check out this guide on what to do about your home’s energy waste for the most effective solutions to home energy reduction.

Other energy rebates and utility savings in Pennsylvania

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!) Pennsylvania energy audits

With a low-cost or free home energy audit through your local 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 at no upfront cost. (and use the PA energy rebates you may qualify for). 

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 the PA energy rebates you may qualify for rebates with Sealed’s services.

Heat pump installation in Pennsylvania

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 Pennsylvania and surrounding areas at no upfront cost with Sealed. (And remember, you can still use your PECO, PPL, or FirstEnergy rebates!)

Professional air sealing and home insulation in Pennsylvania

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—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 PA energy rebates you can apply to your home upgrades. 

If you live in an eligible area in Pennsylvania, 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.

See if your home qualifies to work with Sealed. It takes just 2 minutes.

January 4, 2022