News: Energize!Charlottesville Launches “Energy Center” and Prize Giveaway with LEAP

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (June 10, 2015) – Local residents looking for better ways to understand their energy bills and how they can save money now have an exciting new resource:  the Energize!Charlottesville Energy Center.

The “Energy Center” is an easy-to-use, free, online platform from WattzOn, offered to Charlottesville residents in support of the local Energize!Charlottesville campaign to save energy and win the $5 million Georgetown University Energy Prize. The “Energy Center” is useful and relevant for both home owners and renters.

The “Energy Center” is launched through a partnership of the City of Charlottesville, the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), and WattzOn, a leading provider of web and mobile engagement tools that help people save energy, water and money. WattzOn will support the Energize!Charlottesville program with utility data tracking, engagement tools, and resident activity reporting.

LEAP will give away prizes of approximately $50-$100 in value through a drawing of residents who create “Energy Center” accounts by July 4. One household in each City neighborhood can win a free home energy assessment, with 5 additional winners receiving the free energy assessment plus LED light bulbs.

Residents can access the Energize!Charlottesville Energy Center today and:

  • Visually compare their energy bills to past use and similar homes
  • Get energy saving tips customized for their home
  • Set up auto-import for their utility bills to easily be able to track energy and money savings

“We’re proud to be a semifinalist in the Georgetown University Energy Prize and are excited about Charlottesville residents’ enthusiasm to save energy,” said Susan Elliott, Charlottesville’s Climate Protection Program Coordinator. “People often comment that they aren’t sure how they can save energy at home and don’t know how to tell if they’re a high energy user. The goal of Energize!Charlottesville is to empower residents to not only take action to save energy but also to understand the options best suited for their homes and families. Partnering with WattzOn moves us closer to that objective by adding an online engagement platform and data tracking that residents can use to understand their choices.”

“WattzOn is thrilled to partner with the City of Charlottesville and LEAP in their pursuit of the Georgetown University Energy Prize,” said Jon Enberg, VP of Partnerships for WattzOn.  “They are an engaged community with strong leadership and a fantastic university.  We look forward to collaborating on innovative ways to reduce residential energy consumption.”
About Energize!Charlottesville (

Energize!Charlottesville is a two-year community campaign to save energy and win the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition’s $5 million grand prize.  Charlottesville is one of 50 semifinalist communities across the country. Semifinalist communities will be judged over the multi-year competition based on the extent of community involvement, the potential for replication and innovation, and reductions in energy purchases from electric and gas utilities from the residential and municipal sectors. A goal of the competition is to transform America’s energy landscape by spurring innovative new models of community-wide energy efficiency that can be replicated and scaled across the country.

Energize!Charlottesville aims to help residents save energy at home through providing access to efficiency tips, home assessments, solar and more. Energize!Charlottesville is built around a four-part game plan that begins with increasing knowledge of where opportunities to save energy exist and then offering resources for residents as they purse the choices best-suited for their homes. As a community campaign, Energize!Charlottesville is supported by a host of local organizations with initiatives rolling out over two-years.
About LEAP (Local Energy Alliance Program)

Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a nonprofit energy services organization with a mission to lead the effort in local communities to implement energy efficient technologies in buildings to promote cost savings for families and businesses, job creation, energy self-reliance, local economic development, and the mitigation of climate change. LEAP’s alliance model is a community-based, public-private partnership.
About WattzOn

WattzOn provides web and mobile tools that help people and communities save energy and money. Our platform combines software, powerful data analytics and local branding to engage residents by translating utility data into an interesting, personalized experience that delivers energy savings. WattzOn supports local programs — with their variety of strategies and goals — via a rich set of customization options. The platform connects to over 185 utilities nationwide to enable data-driven targeting and tracking of energy use, savings, and savings opportunities. Product features include an energy rebate database by zip code and program-level reporting that quantifies community impact. Learn more