Green Scene Blog: How efficient is your house?


I heard from the folks at LEAP this week, and true to form, they’re cooking up still more big ideas to make local houses more efficient. An announcement’s coming on April 26 about their next big campaign. I promised not to reveal all, but I can tell you this much: It’s a cool way to celebrate Charlottesville’s 250th birthday by making the town an even better (read: "more energy-efficient") place to live.

And I can also tell you this. If you’d like to sign up for an extremel affordable home energy review, get in touch with LEAP soon. Or, visit the LEAP tables at the Home and Garden Show, or the Eco Fair, both happening this weekend.

What’s a home energy review? It’s a visit from a smart professional person who will check out your house and come up with a list of things you can do to cut energy usage by at least 10 percent–and likely more. We’re talking low- or no-cost changes: stuff like washing your clothes in cold water instead of hot.

Because LEAP subsidizes the review, it will cost $25, which is mighty reasonable compared to the several hundred you might pay on your own. Reviews are performed by professionals who contract with LEAP, so that they can dispense unbiased advice.

Stay tuned for more…