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.
Autumn is Here – Enjoy the Fall Colors and Cooler Days
Mother nature’s beauty is on full display when autumn arrives. As we look forward to cooler days and crisp nights, here are some energy saving ways to enjoy this beautiful season.
- Continue to change your air conditioning filters monthly. Dirty filters prevent proper air flow throughout your home and can also cause indoor air quality issues.
- On beautiful days hang your laundry outside on a line to dry.
- Fall is a perfect time to dine al fresco. 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 on when you are home to move the cool air around.
- Turn off the air conditioner when the temperature drops. Open your windows in the early morning and late afternoon to let the fresh air and cool breeze into your home.
- 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.
- Start looking at places that may require insulation and sealing for the coming winter months. Caulk around windows and door frames in preparation for winter.
- Check out new LED light bulbs and try a few out in your home. Many more options are available and these bulbs will reduce your energy use and heat load.
- When purchasing new appliances or electronic equipment look for the Energy Star label.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
Please visit this page for additional energy saving tips.
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.
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.