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New Year Means New Programs and New Opportunities

New Year Means New Programs and New Opportunities


From the Desk of the Executive Director While the start of the New Year was less celebratory than in years past, for multiple reasons, 2021 holds many new opportunities and the launch of a new program worth getting excited about. I’m very excited about the opportunity for Community Solar and the rules for it read more...

Dominion Energy Virginia Awards EnergyShare Grant for Piedmont Region

Dominion Energy Virginia Awards EnergyShare Grant for Piedmont Region


##PRESS RELEASE## For Immediate Release More Than 50 Low-Income Homes in Greater Charlottesville Area to Receive Energy-Efficiency, HVAC Upgrades Charlottesville, VA The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is excited to announce a new grant award from Dominion Energy Virginia to reduce energy usage in low-income households and enhance workforce development in the Greater Charlottesville read more...

Charlottesville Gas Partnership with LEAP Helps Residents Save Money and Prepare for Winter

Charlottesville Gas Partnership with LEAP Helps Residents Save Money and Prepare for Winter


##PRESS RELEASE## For Immediate Release Charlottesville Gas Energy Efficiency Program Provides No-Cost Home Energy Improvements Charlottesville, VA – The Charlottesville Department of Utilities continues to provide the community with energy conservation programs that both improve the environment and lower utility bills.  As part of its commitment to the community, Utilities offers the Charlottesville Gas Energy read more...

5 HVAC Maintenance Tips for a Sustainable Summer

5 HVAC Maintenance Tips for a Sustainable Summer


By: Keith Nordstrom, AJ Heating & Air, Wilson Ratliff and Erin Morgan, Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) Energy-waste and HVAC-related damage to your home can put a damper on summer relaxation. With a little attention to your HVAC maintenance, you can keep your home comfortable and even save money on your utility bills while you read more...

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and LEAP Showcase Southwood Mobile Home Energy-Efficiency Retrofits

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and LEAP Showcase Southwood Mobile Home Energy-Efficiency Retrofits


##PRESS RELEASE## Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville and the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) partnered to pilot a mobile home retrofitting project in the Southwood neighborhood in September, and work on the initial 10 homes is nearing completion. To help reduce the high energy bills these residents often face due to poor insulation read more...

Are you (and your home) breathing right?

Are you (and your home) breathing right?


What to Know We spend 90% of our time indoors, which can be a scary prospect when you consider that the pollution inside your home is typically 2-5x worse than the air outdoors. This “indoor air quality” can cause or contribute to asthma, headaches, dry eyes, nose and throat issues, nasal congestion, nausea, and fatigue. read more...

3 Big Ways to Keep Cool and Save on Your Energy Bills this Summer

3 Big Ways to Keep Cool and Save on Your Energy Bills this Summer


  School’s out for a long, hot, humid summer. But as you crank up your AC to beat the heat, there are myriad ways you can make sure your cooling bills don’t rise with the mercury. Before beginning your energy efficiency improvements, make sure to take stock of your home’s energy use with DIY read more...

How Often Do I Really Need to Change My HVAC Filter?

How Often Do I Really Need to Change My HVAC Filter?


Replacing the filter in your air conditioning and/or heating system is one of the best and easiest things you can do to keep it working effectively and efficiently. The filter keeps particles (some visible and some not) from getting into the fan and motor. A dirty filter will reduce airflow which causes the system read more...