LEAP Presents Contest Winner with Home Makeover Money
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
"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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