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Holiday Gifts for Energy-Efficiency Lovers

Holiday Gifts for Energy-Efficiency Lovers


We know: It’s easy to get behind on holiday gift shopping! Every year, the season of giving feels like it comes a little sooner than the last, and before you know it, you’re scrambling for the perfect last-minute gift idea. Whether your loved one is an efficiency fanatic, or if you’d just like to read more...

Charlottesville’s Clean Energy Loan Program Keeping Businesses in the Green

Charlottesville’s Clean Energy Loan Program Keeping Businesses in the Green


***PRESS RELEASE*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Charlottesville, Virginia – City program buys down interest rate on business loan to support clean energy for local businesses. The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is happy to report on the success of the City of Charlottesville’s innovative Clean Energy Loan Program. Through 2018, the Clean Energy Loan Program read more...

DIY Window and Door Weatherproofing

DIY Window and Door Weatherproofing


According to the Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your heated or cooled interior air; that’s energy and money down the drain. A little weatherproofing goes a long way, and the good news is there are some super easy and inexpensive ways to reduce drafts around windows and doors. Weather read more...

Demystifying your electric bill

Demystifying your electric bill


By annual presidential proclamation, October is Energy Awareness Month. The Federal Energy Management Program is supporting Energy Awareness Month this year with a plan and resources for federal agencies to raise awareness of energy-and water-saving possibilities in their buildings and operations. Here at LEAP, we want to support you by deconstructing and explaining the read more...

Heat Pump Water Heaters: Big Winners for Your Wallet and the Planet

Heat Pump Water Heaters: Big Winners for Your Wallet and the Planet


Domestic water heating costs the average household up to $700 per year. What if you could slash that cost by 60%? Compared to a standard electric storage water heater, a heat pump water heater uses 2-3 times less energy, saving thousands in utility costs over the life of the water heater. How does it read more...

Back-to-School: A New Year and New Energy Saving Opportunities

Back-to-School: A New Year and New Energy Saving Opportunities


Back-to-school means shopping for new notebooks and backpacks and shoes, moving bedtimes back, and gearing up for packing lunches and homework battles. It also means your home is empty (or emptier) during the day. Adjustments for this lowered occupancy and other small actions can realize significant energy and cost savings during this busy, and read more...

Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program helps bring solar to Inova Solutions

Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program helps bring solar to Inova Solutions


Another local company is going solar through the Charlottesville Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program. Hubbard Properties, LLC contracted with Sun Tribe Solar to install a rooftop solar PV system at their Inova Solutions building located just off Charlottesville’s downtown mall. The Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program, funded by the City of Charlottesville and administered read more...

5 Tips for Efficient Air Conditioning

5 Tips for Efficient Air Conditioning


More than 90 percent of U.S. homes have air conditioners that use 6% of electricity produced in this country at an annual cost of $29 billion to homeowners and 117 million metric tons of carbon dioxide released into the environment. Furthermore, those carbon emissions are predicted to double by 2050 at their current rate. read more...

Solar Dream Comes True with Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program

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...

LEAP’s Charlottesville Commercial Clean Energy Loan Program Takes Off

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...