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Lower Your Baseload Energy Consumption


  Did you know that approximately half of your annual utility bill comes from heating and cooling your home? Fortunately, in the spring and fall, you generally don’t have to heat or cool your home, so your overall utility bills will be lower compared to the summer and winter months. During these “shoulder seasons,” read more...

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...

An Evening of Lightning Talks about Clean Energy


As part of our ongoing talks about climate change and actions we can take, LEAP hosted a special event on October 5th (Energy Efficiency Day) at CitySpace. Our event was called “Reduce & Produce: Pairing Energy Efficiency and Solar.” We are grateful to Feast! for the wonderful bread and cheese platter and Champion Brewing Company read more...

Join us on Oct 5 (Energy Efficiency Day) for fun, fast-paced lightning talks!


Join us on Oct 5 (Energy Efficiency Day) at 5:30 pm at CitySpace on the downtown mall in Charlottesville for fun, fast-pasted “lightning talks.” Get tips on energy efficiency, learn about the process of going solar, and clean energy power without going solar. Light refreshments provided by Feast! and Champion Brewing Company. Register here read more...

Preventing Mold in Your Home by Controlling Moisture


Mold is a type of fungus that can destroy parts of your home and can cause health problems. Some common areas in homes where mold could grow include: windows, drains, crawl spaces, basements, areas that had previous water leaks or flooding, and areas around moisture-generating appliances (e.g., dishwashers, dryers, or refrigerators). Molds need 3 read more...

Energy-Efficient Tips for Keeping Your Home Cool


When the temperature outside starts to surge, keep in mind some of these energy-efficient tips for keeping your home cool. Minimize Your Home’s Energy Loss Close and lock windows. Repair any gaps to windows and replace worn weather stripping. Before you leave home for the day, close the blinds and curtains, especially on south read more...

LEAP’s New Executive Director


LEAP’s Governance Board has unanimously approved the transition of Lesley Crowther Fore to Executive Director of LEAP. Andrew Grigsby officially stepped down as ED in order to spend more time with his family in his hometown, Richmond. Andrew will be staying with LEAP full-time while he looks to transition to a Richmond-based career. We read more...

The Link Between Water and Energy Conservation


This article first appeared in the Daily Progress. Did you know that energy is needed to filter and treat the water we consume and then pump it into our homes and businesses? Additionally, energy is needed to heat water for cooking, bathing, and washing. Consequently, when we conserve water we also conserve energy. The read more...

Solarize NoVA Reaches 1 Megawatt of New Solar


(June 6, 2017 – Fairfax, Virginia) The Solarize NoVA campaign, a partnership between the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), reached a significant milestone with the contract total of 1 MegaWatt of new solar. The Solarize NoVA program first launched in the fall of 2014 and currently has read more...

Power to the People


The recent decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement does not reflect what’s happening right here in Charlottesville and communities across the country. On May 25th, LEAP was proud to host a gathering of more than 800 of our Charlottesville area neighbors at The Paramount for a climate change event. Our guests met read more...