Arlington Energy Masters Program
ACE’s Arlington Energy Masters program promotes a more energy efficient and sustainable Arlington community. We engage professionally trained volunteers in retrofitting, weatherization, and water conservation techniques serving low-income apartment residents.
An Award Winning Program
The Arlington Energy Masters program was recently recognized with The Washingtonian Green Giant Award, which honors people and groups who help our environment by preserving historic green spaces, increasing our access to eco-friendly food and drink, and educating us about the natural world.
The Arlington Energy Masters Program is an excellent model for energy efficiency, community engagement, and volunteer activism. After going through a training program, volunteers give back to the community by doing hands-on improvements to increase energy and water efficiency in affordable housing apartments units. Since the program’s inception in 2011, volunteers have helped close to 250 families living in affordable housing buildings in Arlington decrease their energy and water usage.
The program was created by ACE working in partnership with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Arlington Thrive (formerly Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs), and the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services. Affordable housing partners include the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) and AHC, Inc.
“The Arlington Energy Masters program is transforming our community one apartment at a time. Our passionate volunteers give their time, sweat, and expertise. Their work immediately reduces the utility bills and greenhouse gas emissions from these homes. And, they help raise the tenants’ energy literacy which empowers even more sustainable action.” says Colleen Morgan, vice chair of ACE.
In each apartment unit, volunteer teams work through a 25-point checklist of improvements, sealing air leaks around windows, doors and ducts; putting in energy efficiency devices like compact fluorescent light bulbs; and installing water-saving devices like low-flow showerheads. With estimated savings of more than $250 per year on electricity and water bills for a typical household, residents are gaining concrete savings on their monthly bills, increased comfort, and the satisfaction of doing their part to combat climate change.
Read more about our energy program volunteers.
Become an Energy Masters Volunteer
As an Energy Masters volunteer you can have a significant impact on the community by providing energy education and improvements to households in need. If you are interested in applying for the 2014-2015 program later this summer, please complete the volunteer interest form.
ACE is accepting donations for items that will lead to the greatest energy savings possible. View a list of donation items that would help support our energy program. Tax-deductible, monetary donations to help us purchase supplies are also being accepted.
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