On Tuesday, the Blue Ridge Apartment Council hosted an event with speakers from Energize!Charlottesville, the University of Virginia Office of Sustainability, and Woodard Properties. Presenters explained new online tools available to help people manage utility bills, as well as how to start energy-savings plan.

“The Blue Ridge Apartment Council, and all the property management companies and landlords, coming together and collaborating can have just a tremendous impact on this competition, and also on our community and helping people to conserve energy," said Joy Waring with Woodard Properties

Energize!Charlottesville and the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) are offering discount home energy assessments in city neighborhoods.

Energize!Charlottesville will add up the city-wide energy savings in its bid to win $5 million from the Georgetown University Energy Prize.