The Arlington County Civic Federation approved a resolution to promote the LEAP energy efficiency program last night. About 30 members voted for the program. The vote means that the federation will communicate with its various member organizations about the county's LEAP initiative. The federation is made up primarily of representatives from the county's various neighborhood civic associations.
LEAP is the Local Energy Alliance Program. The full resolution notes that homes may garner higher sales prices if they are efficient. In his presentation to the group, environmentalist Larry Finch said homes may save as much as $600 per year if they follow some of the ideas.
The County partnered with LEAP last March.
In a statement at that time, Cynthia Adams, LEAP's executive director, said, “LEAP is a one-stop shop for local residents looking to make cost effective improvements to their homes. In LEAP’s Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, we pre-qualify contractors and perform independent quality assurance. So not only can residents access low interest loans and our cash rebates, they also have peace of mind knowing their project will be performed to the high standards of our program.”
According to the LEAP website, the group "is a non-profit organization which coordinates home energy improvement projects. LEAP is an official sponsor of Energy Star’s Home Performance Program in Virginia. Our services include home energy assessments, federal rebates, special zero-to-low interest loans, and home energy upgrades to insulation, air sealing, heat pumps and other energy-wasting weak spots in your home."
If you are interested in getting involved in the LEAP program, click here.