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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 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. Anyone […] 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 of […] read more.

Make your home improvement projects count this spring

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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 Fact: […] 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 through […] 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.