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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...

Solarize NOVA Launches


Ready to go solar? Now’s your chance. The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), in partnership with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), launched the following solarize campaigns for: City of Fairfax Fairfax County Falls Church Vienna During the Solarize campaigns, individuals interested in solar power will receive: A free satellite property review to make sure solar read more...

Join Us at The Paramount


Join us on May 25th for a FREE event about climate change hosted by LEAP. Guests will watch a screening of National Geographic’s Before the Flood featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, speak with climate change experts, meet local organizations that offer solutions, and leave with an action plan. For more information, visit our event page. Watch read more...

Solarize Piedmont 2017 Launches


Now’s your chance to go solar with Solarize Piedmont! The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) in partnership with the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) and Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is launching the Solarize Piedmont campaign today. During the Solarize Piedmont campaign, individuals interested in solar power will receive:Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and read more...

How a blower door can cut your energy bills


Tray Biasiolli, a Building Auditor at LEAP says, “The blower door test is like having your blood pressure taken during a physical. It’s the most important diagnostic test for assessing a home’s efficiency.” But how do you know if your home might need a blower door test? Your home might be a good candidate for the read more...