Just Announced: PowerSaver Home Energy Makeover Contest

Charlottesville Area Homeowners Can Win One of Four Grand Prize Home Energy Makeovers and 16 Assessments; Contractors to Compete in “Smackdown”

Charlottesville, VA– Homeowners in the Charlottesville region have the chance to win one of four home energy makeovers this summer as part of the PowerSaver Home Energy Makeover Contest brought to you by the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and UVA Community Credit Union. Online registration officially opens today and will end August 19, 2011.

What you need to know about the PowerSaver Home Energy Makeover Contest:

• Enter online at www.powersavermakeover.org by filling out an online profile that will also give you a free home energy report (enter the coupon code “makeover”)

• Homeowners in the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson are eligible

• Local contractors will compete in a “smackdown” to win the right to do the makeover work

• There are 20 prizes:

• 1 entrant will win a $10,000 home energy makeover

• 1 entrant will win a $5,000 home energy makeover

• 2 entrants will win a $2,500 home energy makeover

• 6 entrants will win a professional Home Energy Assessment in weekly drawings (estimated value is $500)

• 10 finalists will win a professional Home Energy Assessment

• The winning homes will each reach at least a 15% energy efficiency gain

• Registration also allows people to enter the name of a local nonprofit organization to help them win a $1,000 cash donation in the contest’s Nonprofit Challenge

Watch the short contest video! http://leap-va.org/powersavermakeover/video

“What do high power bills, stinkbugs, and mold have in common? A house that is in need of a home energy makeover. Hundreds of local homeowners have already gotten relief from these problems, and we want to let everyone know they can, too, with the PowerSaver Home Energy Makeover Contest. said Cynthia Adams, Executive Director of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP).“We have weekly drawings, four grand prizes, and it is completely free to enter.”

“We’re proud to partner with LEAP to bring the PowerSaver Home Energy Makeover Contest to our community to highlight how homeowners can save on their energy bills.” said Alison DeTuncq, President/CEO of UVA Community Credit Union. “Rising energy costs and tight household budgets are making investments in home energy efficiency a prudent course of action for many.”

“The twist in this year’s contest is what we’re calling the ‘smackdown,’ a friendly competition among local contractors to win the right to do the home makeover work,” said Adams. “These local contractors will go head-to-head to give the winning homeowners the biggest bang for their free bucks.”

How the “smackdown” works: Once the winning homes have been selected, local LEAP Certified Contractors will compete to perform the work by presenting proposals. For each home, the company whose proposal achieves the deepest energy savings at the specified price points will win the work on the home. The winning contractors will work with the each contest winner to improve that home’s performance with energy improvements such as air sealing, duct sealing, adding insulation, and the maintenance or upgrading of heating and cooling equipment.

Contest Eligibility & How to Enter

Our contest is open to homeowners who own and occupy a home in the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson and the city of Charlottesville. Contestants may enter online at www.powersavermakeover.org where they must type in the coupon code “makeover” on the registration page and complete a quick online profile about their home, which includes information on home energy bills. Homeowners without internet access can enter by calling LEAP at 434-227-4666, or by visiting LEAP’s offices or one of the UVA Community Credit Union’s branches to pick up an enrollment form. For a complete list of contest eligibility and rules, visit www.powersavermakeover.org. The deadline to enter is August 19, 2011.

Winner Selection

There are 20 chances to win prizes throughout the contest. Each week, starting July 15, there will be a random drawing for a Home Energy Assessment (valued at $500) – for a total of six winners. At the end of the contest period, 10 finalists will be selected from the entire pool of entrants based on their online profiles to receive an energy assessment. From the finalists’ assessments, winners of the $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 home energy makeovers will be selected and notified in early September.

Contest partners include: UVA Community Credit Union, the City of Charlottesville, Lite Rock Z95.1, 97.5 3WV, and NBC29.


About LEAP (leap-va.org)

LEAP is a community-based nonprofit created initially from a joint initiative between the City of Charlottesville and County of Albemarle. Our Alliance partners include local government, Dominion Virginia Power, Charlottesville Gas, UVa, Piedmont Virginia Community College, the business and contracting community, and other nonprofits. Working together, we seek to create unprecedented utility (energy and water) savings by retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient, comfortable, and healthier for those who live and work inside.


About UVA Community Credit Union (uvacreditunion.org)

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 55,000 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.