I’m really passionate about energy and water conservation in my personal life. It’s so important to use our resources wisely in order to sustain our planet for many generations to come. Working at LEAP is awesome because I get to be around other people who feel the same way and we are able to help others in their conservation efforts.
Tell us about your house.
I live in a typical 1950s brick ranch in the city of Charlottesville with my husband, our two little girls, two cats, a dog and my beloved honeybees. We recently purchased our house from the original owner who hadn’t changed a thing since the day he purchased it. There was no insulation in the attic, no fans in the bathrooms, the original windows are cracked in several places and there was a 25 year old furnace, no a/c and really poor air leakage throughout the entire house. Right after moving in we replaced all the lightbulbs with LEDs, replaced faucets and showerheads with low flow models and started caulking around the windows. We are currently working on getting spray foam up in the attic and replacing all our windows with newer energy efficient models, and I’m hoping we can do solar panels one day. It’s a project but we are tackling it one thing at a time.
What do you do when you’re not working?
I enjoy beekeeping, gardening and just spending time with my kids. I try to keep them active so we spend a lot of our time at the park, snowboarding, hiking, camping and swimming at the lake.
When you were young what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a nurse! However, when I started college I quickly realized I just wasn’t cut out for clinical work.
More about Amanda…
Amanda is new to LEAP as the Client Relations Manager. She has an Associate’s degree in General Studies from Piedmont Virginia Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Studies from the University of Massachusetts. She is deeply passionate about the relationship between energy efficiency, water conservation and affordable housing in Charlottesville. After having worked with a variety of people from all socio-economic backgrounds at the University of Virginia, she joined LEAP to work towards our mission of making energy efficiency more obtainable for residents of Charlottesville and surrounding areas.