Central Virginia

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program (HPwES) is a national program administered by the U.S. Department of Energy in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Since 2002, over 275,000 homeowners have improved their homes’ energy efficiency with whole house solutions to improve comfort and indoor air quality while reducing energy bills. Their homes are warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer, and more affordable to operate all year.

The Central Virginia region includes the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson with some work in the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative territory.

Central Virginia financing and rebates:

  • PowerSaver loans from UVA Community Credit Union
  • City of Charlottesville Energy Efficient Building Special Tax Rate
  • Dominion Virginia Power rebates, including the Home Energy Check-up program
  • Charlottesville Gas rebates

Central Virginia contractors:

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors are trained in building science – they know what energy efficiency improvements will benefit homeowners and are equipped with specialized diagnostic tools to determine how homes perform and where there are opportunities to solve problems related to comfort or high bills. HPwES sponsors pre-qualify local contractors to participate in HPwES, and their technical experts perform independent Quality Assurance inspections on the work the contractors install.

Quality Assurance in Central Virginia is provided by the nonprofit Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) based in Charlottesville. Learn more about the QA process. 


Building Performance Institute Certified Building Analysts (Auditors)

• Commonwealth Sustainability Works

Commonwealth Sustainability Works was founded by Andrew Grigsby in 2001 to provide a full range of sustainability consulting services to clients including homeowners, builders, non-profit organizations, corporations, and small businesses. Green building has been the firm’s primary focus from the beginning – drawing on Grigsby’s construction experience dating back to the mid 1980s. For the LEAP program, CSW offers complete energy auditing services, including blower door testing, duct leakage testing, infrared photography, energy modeling, and combustion safety testing. Our information-packed reports provide clear guidance to do-it-yourselfers and professionals. We are an independent energy auditor, interested only in our clients’ safety, comfort, and energy savings, not in selling a particular solution. Grigsby is a Certified Home Energy Rater, a LEED® Accredited Professional, and a BPI Building Analyst and Envelope Professional. For more information call 540/219-8912.andrew.grigsby@commonwealthsustainability.com

• WeatherSeal Insulation

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Insulation, Air Sealing, and Weatherization

• Weatherseal Insulation

Weatherseal Insulation is a locally owned and operated business serving the needs of the Charlottesville area for over 30 years. We offer smart solutions for improving your home’s energy efficiency using the best information, equipment and materials available. As both Building Analysts and Building Envelope Specialists we are proud to have met the rigorous standards required for certification by the Building Performance Institute. As a full service insulation company our product line includes all available materials including sprayed foam, cellulose and fiberglass allowing us to choose the best option for every job. Our installers are full time employees of the company and are among the most experienced in the industry, ensuring quality, professional workmanship. Looking beyond insulation we also specialize in advanced air sealing, crawl space encapsulation and full home energy audit services. Call 434.974.1818.

Heating & Cooling

• Albemarle Heating & Air

Albemarle Heating & Air, Inc. since 1988, a performance based company dedicated to helping our customers with sincere attention to their needs. We provide solutions for heating and cooling systems, building science, moisture management, indoor air monitoring and testing, system analysis, mold issues, and odor control. Airflow Diagnostics is the home energy assessment arm of our business. We have been HVAC Contractor of the Year 2 years in a row by Charlottesville’s Peoples Choice. We have been ranked in the top 10 companies nationally by our industry peers. Our mission is to keep you healthy, save you money and make you comfortable. We may be reached by calling 434.293.4556.

• Comfort Source

Comfort Source is a family owned, customer focused Heating & Air Conditioning contractor serving Charlottesville and the surrounding counties. Our commitment is to keeping your home healthy and comfortable while providing solutions to improve your indoor air quality as well as the best products and services for all of your comfort needs. We provide products & services such as: Maintenance, new and replacement systems of all types, duct testing and inspections, duct sealing and replacements, indoor air quality products such as air cleaners, humidifiers, dehumidifiers.

Comfort Source is an American Standard “Customer Care” dealer. We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau. Let us show you how we can make your home healthier, and your system and ducting more efficient. Make Comfort Source “Your Source for Comfort”. Call 434-975-4328, Email us at comfortsource@gmail.com

• Duct-Rite Mechanical

Duct-Rite Mechanical is your complete source for all your cooling, heat pumps, air conditioning, HVAC maintenance, systems repair, replacement and installation concerns. We are proud to be a Trane Comfort Specialist, the highest standing that can be earned as an independent Trane dealer. We are very proud of this achievement , and we are fully committed to the customer’s satisfaction. Contact us at(540) 948.4116 /info@ductritemechanical.com

• Mack Morris Heating & AC

Mack Morris is a family owned business servicing central Virginia since 1985.  Our goal is to provide the homeowner with best options for home efficiency and comfort.  We are BPI certified for home energy audits as well as NCI certified for performance-based contracting.  This gives us the tools and knowledge to diagnose and provide solutions to poorly performing HVAC systems.  We also perform duct cleaning and sealing.  We are an award winning dealer from two of the major manufactories in our industry.   We also do geothermal and use Climate Master Equipment.  We are ready to service you and can be reached by phone at 434-979-7129.

Full Service Contractors

• Johnson Custom Windows and Doors

Johnson Custom Windows and Doors specializes in existing home weatherization. We focus on the items of a home where energy loss is the greatest: insulation, windows, doors, garage doors, as well as siding, gutters, and roofing. We have a combined 30 years experience in our business. We work with companies like Albemarle Housing Improvement Program to help and service people who need help in guiding them in the right direction. We are LEED certified in remodeling and HUD workers. We are fully insured and have a Class A License. Our goal is to make sure people invest in the right product and the right company to save the most money on their energy needs. We think our association with the LEAP Program will fit the needs of all. Please call 540-414-5982 or email djwindowdoors@aol.com if we may assist you.

• Robertson Renovations

Robertson Renovations Inc. is a quality conscious and environmentally responsible building contractor.  We hold a class A building license in the state of Virginia.  We have been in business in the Charlottesville area for 10+ years. We specialize in remodeling, new additions and energy retrofitting existing homes. As a certified, responsible contractor with LEAP, our job is to over- see and work closely with other trades, such as HVAC, Insulation, and window and door companies to list a few. Our company finds that LEAP is a relevant and forward thinking concept and organization.  As such we are extremely proud to be part of this program that helps to safe guard and preserve the environment through better energy efficient building practices.  We have found that working with LEAP is a win win for everybody. The clients get the best building science practices on the market, combined with rebates from local and state government as well as on going energy savings. Robertson Renovations takes seriously the role of the certified, responsible contractor,  implementing and overseeing the recommendations enumerated in all home energy assessments. Contact James Robertson, jamesrobertson81@gmail.com or 434-531-7363.


• Altenergy

Altenergy Incorporated designs and installs solar energy systems for municipal, residential, and commercial customers.  Types of solar energy systems include grid tied or off grid, battery backed or Cummins generator assisted photovoltaic systems and solar thermal hot water for domestic, space heating and industrial process heat applications.  We engineer energy systems that meet customer driven requirements, with a focus on providing maximum return on investment by designing alternative energy systems that seamlessly integrate energy production with energy demand, and by reducing energy consumption without lifestyle change requirements.

Altenergy Incorporated has been in business since 2005.  Based in Charlottesville, Va, we also have full design and installation branches in Staunton, Va, and Boise, ID.  We are a Class-A General Contractor with Electrical and Solar contractor licenses, with all needed documentation and insurance to ensure a code-compliant systems eligible for incentive rebate programs.  Our systems are designed by NABCEP certified installers, who have built over 450 solar energy systems.  We are a turnkey system provider. Contact: Altenergy Incorporated 434-293-3763 

• Sigora Solar

Sigora is a rapidly growing solar installation company headquartered in Waynesboro, VA and founded in April of 2011 by Andy Bindea, soon joined by Shawn Cooke. Sigora has completed thirty-eight projects on time and on budget, a total $1.6 million in total project value, proving the viability of alternative energy in Central Virginia.

Sigora owes its success to its core mission: providing service to customers and our region. Our values are manifest in our process, materials, and community leadership. We offer fair prices and comprehensive support, source our materials ethically, and embrace our responsibility to reinvest in Central Virginia. Contact us at 540-949-6553 or info@sigorasolar.com.