Energy Audits for Sustainability

Local Energy Alliance program (LEAP) has an office in Charlottesville that is ready for summer, with everything from well insulated walls to energy efficient appliances. They are here to model this home and help you save money on your appliances all the while becoming more sustainable. The warm temperatures are around the corner, and Lesley Fore, key accounts manager for LEAP wants to help you get ready for summer.

"We encourage people to think ahead, get their systems checked, get their whole house checked, get prepared, and go ahead and make their house more energy efficient"

Some simple things you can do at home is to make sure your thermostat is regulated and calk over holes and gaps around your home, and don't forget to turn off the ceiling fan when you leave the room.

"It’s circulating the air, its moving the air, and it will actually make you feel more comfortable if you're in the room, it does absolutely nothing if you're not actually in the room."

If you need some help, leap has contractors that do a comprehensive energy audit with analysis of every crevice in your home. Or you can just get a walk through where they'll check your insulation and all your appliances. This will run you $45.

Already have an energy efficient home? They can now appraise your home based on improvements in efficiency and use energy star to increase the value on your home.

"Home performance with energy star is like taking that label and putting it on your existing home by making it more efficient"

This is their newest tool, and home-buyers are now more than ever considering a sustainable home.
Some other good tips are:
1. Make sure your thermostat is either off or set at a certain temperature when you are away or sleeping
2. Insulate areas that need it, and replace old insulation.
3. Upgrade your appliances to more energy efficient ones.
4. Check your refrigerator temperature.
5. Make sure to keep shades closed when the sun shines in on hot days.
6. Keep your windows open on cool nights.
7. Monitor the weather! Know when you may need to make some adjustments based on the temperature and humidity.

Visit www.leap-va.org for more information.


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