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Rethink Energy: Spotlight on Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment

This regularly-scheduled sponsored Q&A column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment. Got a question? Email us at [email protected]!

Think globally, act locally. That might as well be the motto for Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE). ACE and Arlington’s Rethink Energy Team have worked collaboratively for over 10 years. It’s been a partnership that has created a more energy efficient and sustainable Arlington. It has harnessed the passion and volunteerism in our community for our community.

Since 2011, ACE and the Rethink Energy team have worked together on the award-winning Energy Masters program. The Program trains volunteers to educate residents and do hands-on retrofits in energy efficiency and water conservation.

Working through a 25-point checklist, volunteers:

  • Seal air leaks around windows, doors and ducts.
  • Install energy efficiency devices like LED light bulbs and smart power strips.
  • Install water-saving devices like low-flow shower heads, faucet aerators.
  • Educate residents on how they can help reduce their energy use and save money.

The Impact

ACE trained more than 140 volunteers who have helped more than 550 families living in affordable housing around Arlington to decrease their energy and water use and improve the comfort of their homes.

Over the past five years, volunteers have installed:

  • 2,927 compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  • 5,615 outlet and light switch gaskets.
  • 523 faucet aerators.
  • 237 low-flow shower heads.
  • 273 toilet tummies.
  • 246 power strips and smart power strips.

Act Locally

Energy Masters is accepting applications for volunteers for the fall training program, which starts in September. There is also a student apprentice program that is open to college and high school students age 16 and up.

Six training sessions will be held on Thursdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. between Sept. 29 and Nov. 17.

Learn more and apply online at:

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