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LEAP Presents Contest Winner with Home Makeover Money

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Eiley Patterson, a PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest winner Eiley Patterson, a PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest winner

The Local Energy Alliance Program - or LEAP - is giving one lucky family in Charlottesville the chance to make their home more energy-efficient, and of course lower some of their bills. 

Thousands of homeowners entered this contest hoping to make their homes more energy-friendly. Wednesday night, LEAP knocked on the winner's door. 

Eiley Patterson and her family don't have to worry about wasting cash anymore because of poor insulation in their home. 

"It will be really nice to make our house comfortable since I stay home a fair bit and have two small children," Patterson said. 

The family is the winner of a $10,000 home makeover thanks to LEAP. The nonprofit paired up with the University of Virginia Community Credit Union for the PowerSaver Home Makeover Contest. 

"We looked at homes that we felt we could make the most difference in with the amount of money that was available with the prizes," said Laura Fiori, an energy manager for LEAP. 

There were thousands of home entries, but Patterson and her family came out on top. They will be getting a new air conditioner, a new gas furnace, insulation in the ceilings, and they won't have to rely on their woodstove anymore. The family is also expected to see a 25 percent decrease in energy bills. 

"Really making a big transformation here that it will reduce their energy bills and make the home much more comfortable," Fiori said. 

"It will be exciting to actually be comfortable in all the rooms in our house and get to really be in all of the rooms and not just some of them," Patterson said. 

Those home improvement projects are expected to begin next month. 

There were also two $5,000 winners in Charlottesville, who will be announced later in the week. 

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