Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) Announces the Winners of the Northern Virginia Home Energy Makeover Contest

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LEAP, Dominion Foundation provide over $18K for energy retrofits and upgrades using qualified contractors. Over 1600 Northern Virginia residents take action on Home Performance by ENERGY STAR assessments. Top prize of $10K to Arlington Architect. Second to Reston School Teacher for $5K and third to Non-Profit Exec in Alexandria for $3K. Save 20% this winter by doing one's own assessment and get expert advice, contractor consultations, using LEAP at http://www.leap-va.org

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The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) http://www.leap-va.org, a consumer advocacy and energy efficiency education non-profit organization, announced today the winners of the Northern Virginia Home Energy Makeover Contest. The contest generated close to 1,600 applications and energy assessments from local residents in the region. The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) congratulated each winner in their home this Thursday, presenting $18,000 total to three homeowners and contractor services for retrofits.

In addition to LEAP, other partners include local governments in Arlington, Alexandria and Reston interested in energy savings. Financing institutions which are providing low interest energy efficiency loans are Arlington Community Federal Credit Union and Commonwealth One Federal Credit Union in Alexandria. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is assisting LEAP in promoting the contest, along with support from The Dominion Foundation and the State Corporation Commission’s Virginia Energy Sense campaign.

The winners are:
Architect Richard Layman of Arlington, $10,000 for single family home
School Teacher Martha Fucile of Reston, $5000 for town-home
Non-Profit Executive Ann Dorman of Alexandria, $3000 for condo

In addition to the three winning makeovers, LEAP granted additional prizes to encourage energy awareness.

Each of the 1600 entrants received an online energy report on their home, which provides them valuable information on how their home uses energy. Next, each week a random winner will be chosen to receive a free in-home energy assessment, valued at $500. Lastly, the ten finalists of the contest all received a complimentary in-home energy assessment . LEAP’s commitment is spreading awareness and stimulating action related to energy efficiency in the home.

Here is what partners are saying:

“The NOVA Home Energy Makeover Contest was a great opportunity for northern Virginia communities to learn about energy efficiency as a means to improving the comfort, affordability, and health and safety of our homes. We are very excited to congratulate the winners and move onto the next step – making the energy improvements,” said Cynthia Adams, Executive Director of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP).

“Dominion is pleased to help northern Virginia residents find ways to use energy wisely and save money while remaining comfortable in their homes,” said Ken Barker, vice president of customer solutions and energy conservation for Dominion Virginia Power. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, of which Dominion Virginia Power is a subsidiary. Foundation grants are funded by shareholder dollars and are not borne by customers.

"Our goal is help our members make financing home energy improvement projects affordable" said Jim Wilmot, Vice President of Lending with Arlington Community Federal Credit Union.

“Energy efficiency is an investment in Arlington’s future with tangible benefits today for both homeowners and the community. We are delighted to be part of this innovative contest,” said Jeff Harn, who heads Arlington County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management.

“We are happy to be a part of the Northern Virginia Home Energy Makeover Contest,” said Shane Cochrane, Division Chief for Alexandria’s Office of Housing. “Installing Energy Star certified products is just one important way to lessen your home’s energy use, and we hope this contest will help our residents learn more about the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.”

“This contest is a great opportunity for homeowners to make big improvements to their home and utility bills,” said Mark Gibb, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission. “We encourage all Northern Virginia residents to participate.”

About LEAP (http://www.leap-va.org) 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 connects contractors with consumers and provides expert advice on home energy efficiency.

About The Dominion Foundation (http://www.dom.com)
The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies, including Dominion Virginia Power and Dominion North Carolina Power. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at http://www.dom.com. Follow Dominion Virginia Power on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/DomVAPower.

Contact:
James Corne, Marketing and Outreach Director, Local Energy Alliance Program: 540-818-5380 or james(at)leap-va(dot)org.

Mike Smith, Media Contact, LEAP: 703-623-3834 or mike(at)msbdinc(dot)com

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