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VA Sales Tax Holiday 8/5-8/7 on Energy Star + WaterSense Products

This weekend (August 5-7, 2016) is the Virginia Sales Tax Holiday, which this year combines back-to-school supplies, emergency preparedness and energy- and water-saving products. Get all the details here. Eligible ENERGY STAR and Water Sense items include: — Dishwashers — Clothes washers and dryers — Air conditioners — Ceiling fans — Lightbulbs — Dehumidifiers — […] read more.

Solarize Charlottesville returns June 20-August 20

Momentum for solar surging as prices keep dropping www.solarizecville.org After two successful campaigns in 2014 and 2015 and with momentum for solar power gaining across Virginia, Solarize Charlottesville returns for two months this summer to give area homeowners — and businesses and nonprofits — a chance to soak up the sun and the savings. Anyone […] read more.

Solarize Fredericksburg June 1 – August 1, 2016

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Solarize Fredericksburg helps Fredericksburg, Virginia, home and business owners add solar panels to their roofs with discounted prices and a streamlined process. read more.

Solarize Success in Nelson County

Solarize Nelson is back through June 30, 2016, so we thought this was a great time to share the story of one Nelson County family — and their llama Ricky — who are enjoying their new solar array, courtesy of our first Solarize Nelson campaign in 2015. Year your house was built: 1997 Size of […] read more.

Make your home improvement projects count this spring

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Add these items to your shopping list and fix those high energy bills once and for all. Download our shopping list to take with you to the hardware store.   Fun Fact: Energy efficient LED light bulbs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescents. Their prices have been dropping fast.   Fun Fact: […] read more.

News: PEC practices what it preaches on solar energy

The Piedmont Environmental Council recently showed off Warrenton’s largest solar installation on a chilly April morning. The $34,000 project on Horner Street includes 38 panels on the roof of the non-profit’s new five-story addition, completed last fall. By investing in renewable energy, the PEC hopes to encourage homeowners, businesses and farms to consider that option through […] read more.

New Commercial Loan Program Unveiled Today for City of Charlottesville Commercial Building,  Business, and Nonprofit Owners

March 29, 2016: Charlottesville, Virginia – The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) launched a new program for commercial buildings in the City of Charlottesville that, together with a new loan with rates as low as 0% from UVA Community Credit Union, will help bring down energy costs, improve the comfort of their spaces for employees […] read more.

Happy Leap Year: 29 Ways LEAP Helps Our Local Communities

This is only our second chance to celebrate a Leap Year since LEAP was started, so we thought we’d reflect back on 29 contributions we’ve made to the local central and northern Virginia communities we serve with energy efficiency and solar solutions. read more.

Federal Energy Efficiency Tax Credits for 2015-2016

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (passed by Congress in a rare bipartisan accomplishment and signed by President Obama in December 2015) retroactively renewed the Energy Efficiency Tax Credit for certain equipment installed in 2015 and extended it through December 31, 2015. read more.

News: What energy efficiency can learn from Solar, Uber and Spotify

The business model shift driving growth in digital music, solar panels, and other consumer technologies is poised to have the same impact on commercial energy efficiency in the United States. This innovation could increase annual energy-efficient technology spending — LED lights, high efficiency HVAC systems, and smart thermostats — by 42 percent, unlocking $20 billion in new […] read more.