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LEAP Cash Incentives for Home Energy Upgrades

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Air conditioning units have been getting a work out in central Virginia with the recent heat and humidity. Trying to beat the heat can be costly, and that's why experts are now sharing some tips for how to keep your home cool for less cash.

The Local Energy Alliance Program has a cash incentive for those wanting to make home upgrades. People who live in Charlottesville can get a $450 rebate when they use participating contractors. If the work increases the energy efficiency of the home by 10 percent, the homeowners are also eligible for the rebate on a PowerSaver loan of up to $7,500.

Air sealing the house, increasing the insulation, repairing the duct work, and upgrading the HVAC system are ways people can make their home more energy efficient. LEAP advisors say a good place to start is with a home evaluation.

"To maybe take an overview and see what kinds of things that they could do generally speaking to make the house more energy efficient, healthy, safe, comfortable," said Guy Caroselli, a senior technical advisor at LEAP.

Here are some tips from LEAP to cut down on your energy bill: turn up your thermostat when you're out of the house, use fans, cut down on inefficient appliances and lighting, and replace air conditioner filters.

The rebate deal on the PowerSaver Loans ends August 31.

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