commercial

Students Learn About Energy Efficiency and Conservation


The success of our clean energy future depends upon education. To do our part, LEAP staff have been giving presentations on energy efficiency and conservation to our youngest learners. This past month, we were honored to work with the Girl Scouts, students from Goochland High School, and 5th graders from Peabody School. These learners read more...

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...

LEAP Unveils Loan Fund for Charlottesville Businesses


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 and customers, 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...

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...

LEAP to Offer Dominion Virginia Power’s Weatherization Programs


Charlottesville, Virginia – Dominion Virginia Power volunteers will be in Charlottesville this week doing general repairs and helping with energy efficiency installations to three homes, highlighting the recently expanded EnergyShare program implemented locally by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP). The homes selected are part of an ongoing collaboration between LEAP and the Albemarle read more...

Energize!Charlottesville Urges the Community to “Get in the Game” for October’s Energy Awareness Month


City Competing for $5M and Offering Raffle Prizes, Daily Tips for Home Energy Savings Charlottesville, Virginia – During October’s Energy Awareness Month, the Energize!Charlottesville campaign is encouraging the entire community to take a renewed look at their homes to find ways to help Charlottesville win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize by saving read more...