The City of Alexandria has launched of the Northern Virginia Home Performance with Energy Star program, to help resiodents overcome barriers to improving energy efficiency in their homes. The nonprofit group Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) and CommonWealth One Federal Credit Union (COFCU) have partnered with Alexandria to offer the program to residents.
LEAP administers the program, and will provide home energy assessments, recommend home energy upgrades to maximize the impact on energy use, and refer homeowners to trained and certified participating contractors. To help residents pay for the upgrades, COFCU will offer eligible Alexandria homeowners access to low-interest loans of up to $20,000 (at a rate of 4.9 percent APR) through the Alexandria Energy Saver Loan program.
To get started, visit www.ilikeleap.com and complete a free online energy assessment. For more information on resources to help residents green their home, visit the City’s Green Building Resource Center at http://alexandriava.gov/gbrc. To learn more about resources to help lower-income residents with improving their energy efficiency, contact the City’s Office of Housing at 703-746-4990.