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Stack Effect: The Driving Force Behind Heat Loss in Homes and What to Do About It


In buildings, stack effect is the phenomenon whereby warm air rises in a house and cold air enters to replace it. It is sometimes referred to as the chimney effect because it is also the driving force behind a fireplace draft up a chimney. In most houses, it is the single largest source of read more...

LEAP is hiring! Seeking a Client Relations Coordinator


LEAP seeks an individual with exceptional interpersonal skills to interact by phone, email, and in person with clients and partners from the first inquiry to project completion. The Client Relations Coordinator will work with LEAP clients and staff to make appointments, explain LEAP’s services, and provide related advice as appropriate. A successful candidate must read more...

Solar Dream Comes True with Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program


When Richard Crisler saw a new roof going on the warehouse next door to his firm, SunDay Solar, on River Road, he thought like any good solar installer would, “Wow, that roof is perfect for solar.” The building owner at the time was not receptive and Richard waited a whole year after MS Events read more...

Long Wait for Energy Help but Now Comfort and Savings


When Charlotte Terrell got a call from LEAP’s Technical Director, Wilson Ratliff, more than two years after she started exploring options to help her weatherize her home, she almost couldn’t believe it. “I was so impressed that he called after all that time to tell me LEAP had funds to help us,” said Charlotte. read more...

LEAP’s Charlottesville Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program Takes Off


Instead of a groundbreaking to celebrate the new solar installation on the historic Silk Mills building, Indoor Biotechnologies hosted a “Skybreaking” ceremony on January 8 to celebrate its new ability to harness the sun for electricity. The 155.25 kW photovoltaic system is one of the first PV system installations under the reinvigorated Charlottesville Commercial read more...

Improving Efficiency of Your Wood Burning Fireplace


As cozy as they are, fireplaces typically remove more heat from a house than they contribute, sending up to eight percent of heat pump or furnace-warmed air up and out the chimney. But you don’t have to abandon your wood-burning ambiance–try these solutions that can improve the efficiency of your fireplace. Check Damper First, read more...

Solarize NoVA Reaches 1.5 MW of New Solar


The Solarize NoVA program, led by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), reached a significant milestone with a contract total of 1.5 megawatt of new solar (out of 2.4 megawatts for our overall campaigns) with a construction value of over $4.7 million. The Solarize NoVA program first read more...

Weatherizing Your Old Single Pane Windows


Many homeowners in older homes experience energy loss with old single pane windows, and outright window replacement can be costly and out of reach for some homeowners. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve the performance of existing windows at a far lower cost than replacement. Weatherizing windows focuses on stopping cold drafts and read more...

Energy Efficiency Tips for Winterizing Your Home


In the winter, space heating is the main energy consumer in the home. However, homeowners can follow these energy efficiency tips to help stop the infiltration of cold air and the loss of heat through cracks and openings in the home. Prepare Windows Remove A/C window units and store them for the winter so read more...

LEAP Wins Leadership Award for Solarize


The Solarize NoVA program, an initiative of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) and the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), won a first place statewide award from the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council. Since Solarize NoVA’s inception, more than 4,400 residents and/or businesses have signed up for consideration to participate in the program. In addition to read more...