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Arlington, VA 22207
Thursday, August 21, 2014

APS and the Environment

APS Goes Green
APS recognizes the importance of being active stewards in protecting our environment and promoting sustainability throughout our district. We are committed to energy and environmental conservation incorporating sustainability goals into our daily instruction and school operations. We aim to minimize our carbon footprint and emissions and invite our community to join us in this partnership.

"We are focused on providing a cleaner environment for the future of our students as well as increasing their environmental awareness through instruction," said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy.

In The News

AETV's Green Scene
Green Scene To highlight sustainability efforts by our students and staff, Arlington Educational TV (AETV) has created a TV series called "The Green Scene". Please take a moment to enjoy some of the videos.


Energy Savings Ideas Continue Into Summer
Green Roof
Now that summer is upon us and the humidity arrives, keep in mind, we can still save energy while we try to stay cool. Here are some helpful tips as we jump into summer.

  • Remember to replace air conditioner (AC) filters monthly. Dirty filters restrict air flow causing your AC to run longer just to keep your house cool. Dirty filters also pose indoor air quality issues.
  • On beautiful days hang your laundry outside on a line to dry.
  • In the evenings, start up your grill and enjoy your meals outdoors. Turn off the hot oven or stove and head outside.
  • If your home has a ceiling fan turn it on to move the fresh air around your rooms. Fans have a wonderful cooling effect on people.
  • Now that we have more daylight, enjoy the sun and use it as much as possible at home leaving the lights off as long as you can.
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees and make sure to insulate it. Insulate the pipe that leads from the water heater at least 5 feet. You can save 7-11% of your water heating costs.
  • Unplug all electronics and chargers when they are not being used. Phantom power will add up over time.
  • If you have many South or West facing windows, close your blinds or drapes during the hottest part of the day to keep the sun from heating these areas.
  • When purchasing new cooling equipment or any appliance look for the Energy Star label.
  • Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.
You may find more energy saving tips on our site or from the Federal Energy Management Program for your home or office.
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