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.
Arlington County's Energy Lending Library
Plug into the first Energy Lending Library in the country offered by Arlington County. The collection includes thermal imaging cameras, energy meters and books that will help residents identify areas of energy waste in their homes. The Energy Lending Library was created by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) in partnership with Arlington Public Library.
AETV's 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.
Spring Forward And Save Energy
Spring is a wonderful time to enjoy the milder weather and check out your home before the hot, summer season arrives. There are wonderful ways for us to enjoy the cool breezes and save energy. Here are some helpful tips as we welcome spring.
- Open up your windows now to let the cool breezes in and freshen your home. While enjoying Mother Nature's cooling have your air conditioner checked out to make sure you're equipment is in good condition to run efficiently and effectively in the hot, summer months.
- On beautiful days hang your laundry outside on a line to dry.
- Spring is a wonderful time to 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 switch it to turn counter clockwise to move the fresh air around your rooms.
- 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.
- Continue to change your filters monthly. Dirty filters prevent proper air flow throughout your home and can also cause indoor air quality issues.
- 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 for the Energy Star label.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you'll save up to 150 gallons per month.