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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 Fredericksburg June 1 – August 1, 2016


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

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 read more...

News: How to make sure your green home upgrades pay off


Investing in making your home more energy efficient can help the environment, lower your utility bills and possibly help you fetch a higher sale price. But homeowners considering a green remodel should also weigh how long it will take for the improvements to reap savings. Some pricey features, like replacing windows or buying a read more...

News: Rooftop solar brings higher home appraisals


Homes with rooftop solar are appraised at a higher value, according to new research from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. For the past few years, Berkeley Lab has been collecting data on the value of homes with solar photovoltaics compared to those without PV. Early studies relied on modeling and found that buyers were willing read more...

News: As American homes get bigger, energy efficiency gains wiped out


U.S. homes have become considerably more energy-efficient over the past four decades, according to government data. But homes also are a lot bigger than they used to be, and their growing girth wipes out nearly all the efficiency gains. According to preliminary figures from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, read more...