2013 PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest Open Today through May 31

Charlottesville, VA – UVA Community Credit Union and The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) announce the official start of the 2013 PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest. Prizes include one entrant winning a $10,000 PowerSaver Home Makeover and two entrants winning a $5,000 PowerSaver Home Makeover. Additionally, 10 finalists will win a professional Home Energy Assessment (estimated value is $500). Entries will be accepted through May 31 with additional details at www.PowerSaverMakeover.org.

“We’re happy to co-sponsor the PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest,” says Alison DeTuncq, President/CEO of UVA Community Credit Union.  “The Contest is a great way to increase awareness of the benefits energy-efficient home improvements can provide above and beyond saving energy such as healthier and more comfortable homes, improved property values, more money in homeowners’ pockets, and a cleaner environment for our community.”

“This Contest is a unique and exciting opportunity for the Central Virginia community to learn more about their homes, as well as the different local programs available to help them save money on energy bills,” said Cynthia Adams, Executive Director of LEAP and co-sponsor of the PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest.  “Through this program and Contest, it’s easy to increase the value of homes through repairs or upgrades.”

Additional support for the 2013 PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest is also provided by Dominion Virginia Power and Rappahannock Electric Cooperative.

“This is the second time we’ve partnered with the credit union to bring free energy makeovers to Central Virginia residents. We’re looking forward to even bigger success than our 2011 Contest, as more and more homeowners understand the many benefits an energy efficient property gives them,” said Adams.


UVA Community Credit Union is a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative that provides a wide range of convenient and professionally managed financial services to its more than 60,000 members. Membership Eligibility: Membership is open to those who live or work in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, or Orange. Business Eligibility: Membership is open to any business located in our field of membership. The credit union’s PowerSaver Loan program is a national, government‐based program offering lower loan rates to homeowners looking to repair or upgrade their home’s energy efficiency.

The Local Energy Alliance Program is a community-based 501c3 nonprofit serving areas of central and northern Virginia. Leveraging and bundling existing incentives from all levels of government and local utilities, LEAP provides local residents with a one-stop shop of who to call, what to do, and how to pay for it when it comes to creating a healthier, more comfortable and affordable home or building. As the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program sponsor for the community, they seek to streamline the home energy assessment-to-upgrade process in order to keep costs down for everyone.



Contest dates: April 8 – May 31, 2013

Website: www.PowerSaverMakeover.org


Main contest contacts:

Janine Williams

VP of Marketing

UVA Community Credit Union

434-964-2001 Extension 2008



Annie Suttle

Marketing and Outreach Manager

Local Energy Alliance Program





• One entrant will win a $10,000 PowerSaver Home Makeover

• Two entrants will win a $5,000 PowerSaver Home Makeover

• 10 Finalists will win a professional Home Energy Assessment (estimated value is $500)


Other pertinent contest information:

• 10 Finalists will be selected from the entire pool of entrants based on their home profile to receive a Home Energy Assessment

• Final-assessment results will determine winners of the $10,000 (1 winner) and the $5,000 (2 winners) prizes packages

• Winners will be selected and notified in June

• Upgrades to the home will be completed by LEAP participating contractors in June and July

• Contest is open to individuals 18 and over that own and occupy their home in the City of Charlottesville or the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange

• Contest Entry Method: Online at www.PowerSaverMakeover.org or by calling LEAP at 434-326-5375

• Contest Official Rules: Found at www.PowerSaverMakeover.org


Sponsor information:

UVA Community Credit Union / PowerSaver Loans

Offers low‐cost financing for energy‐efficient home repairs and upgrades through its PowerSaver Loan

Program. These loans provide a less expensive alternative to traditional financing. They also offer a

rebate on Home Energy Assessments.

Website: www.uvacreditunion.org/home/power

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PowerSaverLoans

Twitter: @PowerSaverTips


Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP)

Your one‐stop‐shop for who to call, what to do, and how to pay for it to make your home more energy efficient. More than 1,000 central Virginia homeowners are enjoying lower energy bills and healthier, more comfortable homes thanks to LEAP’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and other programs.

Website: www.leap‐va.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LEAPVA

Twitter: @LEAP_VA


Dominion Virginia Power

Offers several energy efficiency rebate programs for Dominion Virginia Power homeowners including home energy check ups, heat pump tune ups and upgrades, duct testing and sealing.

Website: https://www.dom.com/dominion-virginia-power/customer-service/energy-conservation/ec-programs.jsp


Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC)

Offers eligible REC members living in Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, Madison or Orange a free Home Energy Review and a variety of rebates on heat pump tune ups, duct and air sealing and insulation upgrades.

Website: http://www.myrec.coop/res/save-energy/home-performance-with-energy-star.cfm