Energy Efficiency

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Energy Efficiency

Energy not used is the cleanest and cheapest energy source. When we use less energy, fewer dollars must be spent to purchase energy and fewer power plants are needed to generate energy, which leads to reduced GHG emissions and improves air and water quality. From replacing old incandescent light bulbs with LEDs, sealing cracks in windows and door frames, installing a programmable thermostat, using a power strip for electronics, to shutting down electrical equipment when not in use, everyone has the ability to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint.

Energy efficiency is the concept of delivering the same or more services for less energy. The City is dedicated to providing more services to the community while using less energy.

City’s Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Community & Energy Efficiency


City’s Energy Efficiency Initiatives

Better buildings Challenge partnership

  • The City of Alexandria is a partner of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge (BBC). The BBC is a national leadership initiative which aims to improve energy efficiency in buildings. By joining as a Partner, the City has made a public pledge to improve the energy intensity of its publicly-owned building portfolio by 25 percent over a fiscal year 2018 baseline by fiscal year 2027. This pledge is in alignment with the Environmental Action Plan 2040’s Energy Efficiency Target 2.2.4. To learn more and track the City’s progress towards meeting our goal, please refer to the City of Alexandria’s Better Buildings Challenge Partner page.

LED Lighting Retrofits of City Facilities

  • The City of Alexandria has been working on switching out old incandescent light bulbs and CFLs for new, longer lasting and energy efficient LEDs in City facilities. Teams have recently transitioned the Salt Barn and DASH headquarters. Past retrofits include: Beatley Library, Duncan Library, Burke Library, Barret Library, Chinquapin Recreation Center, Ramsay House, Black History Museum, Lyceum, Public Safety Center, Alexandria Health Department parking lot, Market Square parking garage, Courthouse parking garage, Union Street parking garage, Thompsons Alley parking garage, Cora Kelly Recreation Center exterior lighting, Alexandria Community and Detox Center, Ramsey Recreation Center, Chinquapin Recreation Center, and 2900 Business Center Drive.

LED Streetlight Project

  • Over the next two years, the City of Alexandria will be making an aggressive push alongside Dominion Energy to convert all public streetlights in Alexandria from metal halide, high pressure sodium, mercury vapor, or incandescent light bulbs to low-power, long-life LEDs. This project will product energy savings, reduce maintenance costs, improve public safety, and reduce the City’s GHG emissions. 

LED Traffic Light Project

  • In 2010, the City replaced all 2,500 incandescent traffic lights with energy efficient LED lights. This reduces energy consumption by 650,000 kWh and saves $70,000 in electricity costs annually. This project increases the efficiency of government with reduced maintenance time and costs, saves tax payers money, and helps ensure that the City remains a safe place to live, work, and play. 

High-efficiency System Upgrades

  • The City has made multiple upgrades to essential building systems between 2009 and 2017. Lee Center, Beatley Library, Courthouse, Barrett Library, Chinquapin Recreation Center, and Fire Station 201 receive high-efficiency boiler upgrades. Public Safety Center, Courthouse, Lee Center, Beatley Library, Chinquapin Recreation Center, and Fire Station 204 received high-efficiency HVAC system upgrades. Building Management System upgrades and controls optimization took place at Lee Center, Beatley Library, Public Safety Center, Barrett Library, Alexandria Health Department, and DASH Transportation Center.

 

Community & Energy Efficiency

Residential Energy Efficiency

There is a wealth of information available about energy efficiency incentives and programs that are being offered throughout the state, within the city, and from the federal government. Below are just a few resources that residents can take advantage of:

  • Complete a Do-It-Yourself energy audit: The U.S. Department of Energy provides a list of steps to complete in a "do-it-yourself" home energy audit to help spot problems in any type of house.
  • Checkout a Kill A Watt™: Alexandria libraries provide residents with the opportunity to checkout a Kill-A-Watt meter, which allows residents to easily find out the cost of energy for electronic devices and appliances around one's home.
  • Checkout a Thermal Camera Kit: Alexandria libraries provide residents with the opportunity to checkout Thermal Camera Kits, which help residents identify hot and cold spots in one's home where energy savings opportunities may be possible.
  • Green Buildings Resource Center (GBRC): The GBRC is an online clearing house of free green building technical information and resources provided by the City of Alexandria to help citizens and businesses reduce their environmental footprint and operating costs by offering practical solutions to design, build, and maintain eco-friendly spaces.
  • Virginia Energy Sense: Virginia Energy Sense is the Commonwealth’s energy education program under the guidance of the State Corporation Commission. Their website provides tools and guidance for lowering electricity use.
  • Virginia DHCD Housing Repair and Energy Efficiency: The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development provides several programs to assist homeowners with housing repairs and energy efficiency improvements.
  • Dominion Smart Cooling Rewards Program: Dominion Energy provides the Smart Cooling Rewards program to help residents manage energy costs and keep power reliable.
  • Dominion Income and Age Qualifying Home Improvement: Dominion Energy offers a no-cost in-home energy assessment for homes that qualify. 
  • Washington Gas - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Program: Washington Gas provides rebates to its residential customers for purchase of energy efficient equipment and measures in the home.

 

Commercial Energy Efficiency

There is a wealth of information available about energy efficiency incentives and programs that are being offered throughout the state, within the city, and from the federal government. Below are just a few resources that businesses can take advantage of:

  • City of Alexandria Green Building Policy: The City of Alexandria adopted the 2019 Green Building Policy on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The new policy is in effect for all development applications submitted on or after March 2, 2020.
  • Green Buildings Resource Center (GBRC): The GBRC is an online clearing house of free green building technical information and resources provided by the City of Alexandria to help citizens and businesses reduce their environmental footprint and operating costs by offering practical solutions to design, build, and maintain eco-friendly spaces.
  • Virginia Energy Sense: Virginia Energy Sense is the Commonwealth’s energy education program under the guidance of the State Corporation Commission. Their website provides tools and guidance for lowering electricity use.
  • Dominion - Energy Conservation Programs: Dominion Energy offers energy conservation programs and useful information to help business owners conserve energy.
  • Washington Gas - Commercial Efficiency Rebate Program: Washington Gas provides rebates to business owners for purchase of energy efficient equipment and measures.

 


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