Energy Masters

Modeled after the successful Master Gardener training program, the Energy Masters program develops a corps of experts in energy efficiency and weatherization techniques, specifically focusing on skills for weatherizing apartment building units.
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The program covers weatherization, energy efficiency, and water conservation techniques such as sealing leaks around doors and windows with foam adhesive, installing gaskets behind switch plates, installing faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads, reducing water use in toilets, and other techniques. In addition to attending the training sessions, volunteers commit to a year of community service, at which point they are certified with Energy Master status for energy efficiency education. Trainings are conducted by certified professionals in the field.

In addition, this program includes outreach and education focusing on how residents can save energy, water, and money and help the planet. Volunteers help educate residents on ways they can further increase their living comfort through easy, practical changes in their habits, which maximize their cost savings as well.

Program Accomplishments

Since the program began in 2011, we have:

  • Trained 152 Energy Masters
  • More than 6,000 hours volunteered
  • Weatherized 591 low-moderate income apartments
  • Awarded a 2013 Green Giant Award from Washingtonian Magazine and a state award for programming excellence in New Initiatives from VCE
  • 2,927 old light bulbs replaced with energy efficient compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Installed 523 low-flow faucet aerators
  • 237 low-flow showerheads installed
  • In 2016 expanded to City of Alexandria with 38 apartments retrofitted

Energy Masters Volunteer Opportunities

2017 Energy Master Workdays

Drop in volunteers are always welcome and appreciated on workdays. For more information on how to volunteer, contact Beth Belk at elizarb@vt.edu

Currently scheduled workdays are: January 7th, February 4th, March 1st, April 1st

Workday locations are throughout Arlington and City of Alexandria