commercial

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. 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 read more...

Make your home improvement projects count this spring


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 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 read more...

Solarize NOVA Returns to Falls Church and Vienna and Launches in the City of Fairfax


After several successful runs and with momentum for solar power growing across Virginia, the Solarize NOVA program returns March 15-May 15 to Falls Church and Vienna as well as a first run in the City of Fairfax. As of January, 54 contracts have been signed through Solarize NOVA (2014 and 2015 campaigns) totaling 413 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...

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 read more...

LEAP and Local Contractors Weatherizing Hearthwood Apartments


Workforce Housing Gets Weatherization Upgrades Just in Time for Winter Heating Bills Charlottesville, Virginia – The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) along with Weatherseal Insulation kicked off a month-long project to weatherize all 200 units of Hearthwood Apartments, an multifamily workforce housing complex in Charlottesville managed by Cannon Properties.  The project will help homeowners in need read more...

News: Are smart thermostats the new CFLs?


The U.S. energy efficiency industry has been bemoaning the lack of low-hanging fruit – inexpensive and easy energy savings – now that efficient lightbulbs are fairly ubiquitous. Could smart thermostats be the new replacement? Events in Chicago last week suggest so. The smart thermostat is starting to show scale. In what project sponsors say read more...