energy efficiency

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Reduce and Produce: Pairing Solar and Energy Efficiency


When people think about ways to save energy in their homes, solar energy is one of the first things that comes to mind.  It’s a clean, renewable way to transform your home into its own “green power plant.” However, much of the sustainable energy a residential solar power system produces could be wasted if read more...