1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
Monday, April 27, 2015

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.

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.

Winter Is Upon Us
Winter Weather
Staying Warm This Winter Season
We can still look for ways to save energy & money this winter.  Some of the simplest solutions are also the least costly starting with caulking.  Here are some helpful tips for the winter season.
  1. Check for air leaks in your home around windows, door frames and even outlets to see if any repairs need to be made. Caulking and weather stripping these areas will prevent air from coming into your home. Heat escaping is money out the window.
  2. Programmable thermostats are a great way to reduce your energy costs when you're away from home. It's an easy way to setback your temperature when you're away and bring it back to a comfortable range when you return home.
  3. If you have ceiling fans, reverse the direction and run your fan at a slow speed in a clockwise direction. This will push the hot air that rises downward to keep spaces warmer. 
  4. Make sure you have your furnace inspected annually before the heating season begins. 
  5. When purchasing new heating equipment or any new appliance, look for the Energy Star label.
  6. Dirty filters prevent proper air flow throughout your home and can also cause indoor air quality issues. Continue to change your filters monthly.
  7. Now's a good time to try out an LED bulb. Purchase one to try in an area that is hard to reach and see how they perform. Traditional incandescent lamps only use 10% of its energy as visible light; 90% of the energy is wasted heat. Use energy efficient lighting to reduce the heat load in your home. 
  8. If you have many South or West facing windows, open your blinds or drapes during the day to bring in the sun for some solar heating.
  9. 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. 
  10. 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.
Last Modified on January 6, 2015