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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...

Is My Device a Vampire?


You asked. We investigated. As part of Energy Action Month in October, LEAP and the 5th Graders at Peabody School worked to discover the vampires that are hiding in our homes, schools, and businesses. Vampires are electronic devices and appliances that draw electricity when they not in use. Note: We’ve included devices that draw electricity when read more...

Incentives and Rebates for Residential Energy Efficiency Improvements in Virginia


Virginia residents can save money on their home’s energy efficiency improvements by taking advantage of (1) tax incentives, (2) programs from utility companies, (3) Green Mortgages, and (4) the Weatherization Assistance Program. As programs change quickly, Virginia residents should use the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency to view a complete list read more...

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...