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Thackston Family: Insulation Success


Melissa Thackston and her family recently took advantage of Dominion’s EnergyShare program (implemented locally by LEAP) to take their DIY home energy improvements to the next level.   When LEAP’s Energy Coaches visited their home, we: Found a gaping hole in attic around her flue pipe (18″ x 34″), leading all the way down read more...

October is National Energy Action Month: Here’s What You Can Do


5 Ways Charlottesville Area Residents Can Join National Energy Action Month in October (and National Energy Efficiency Day October 5) $20 Home Energy Check-Ups Available Through December #EEDay2016 Shines Light on Benefits of Energy Efficiency Charlottesville, Virginia – October is National Energy Action Month and Wednesday, October 5 is the first National Energy Efficiency 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...

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...

Industry News – Energy Codes 101


Originally posted by David Cohan with the Department of Energy on www.energy.gov – Energy Codes 101: What are they and What is Doe’s Role? I recently got back from Louisville, Kentucky, where I was representing DOE in the latest round of energy code development hearings. While the people who participate in the development process know 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...

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...