Residents can play a significant role in driving Alexandria to become a leader in energy-efficiency and environmentally sustainability. Whether you own a home or rent an apartment, the Green Building Resource Center (GBRC) can give you the resources you need to do your part in making your city an Eco-City.

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Green Building Resource Center - Residential

Nexus Between Climate Change and Green Buildings

Local Energy Auditors Residential 

Top 10 Do-It Yourself Energy Audit Procedures

Single Family

Single Family

  • Owner
  • Renter
    • Rechargeable Opportunities
      How many electronic devices do you have that require a battery to be charged? Over 600 million products in America's homes and offices require battery chargers.
    • Go with the (low) flow 
      Installing low-flow aerators on your faucets can help you to keep excess water – and money – from gushing down the drain.
    • Programmable Thermostats: Set it and forget it
      There's no reason to heat or cool your home when you are asleep or away. Programmable thermostats let you set weekly schedules for heating and cooling so you can save energy (and money!) almost effortlessly. Read more to learn how installing a programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 each year. 

Multi-Family housing 


  • Building Owners and Managers 
    • Solar Power Options for Your Business
      With the rising cost of fuel and dwindling natural resources, more and more people are turning to solar power, providing their homes and businesses with clean, renewable energy. Solar power generates zero CO2 emissions while reducing the U.S. demand for foreign oil.
    • Stormwater Management and the Chesapeake Bay
      Preserving the Chesapeake Bay affects even those of us living near the top of the Bay watershed as the eco-systems are intrinsically linked through our rivers and precipitation.
    • Choose Low VOC Paints for Better Air Quality 
      According to the U.S. EPA, indoor VOC levels are typically 2 to 5 times higher than concentrations found outside homes and other buildings, and paint is one of the main sources of VOCs. VOCs are also commonly found in a number of everyday products such as cleaning supplies, varnishes and lacquers, building materials, office equipment, glues and adhesives, insulation, cabinets, and countertops.
  • Tenants

    • Houseplants, Nature's Air Purifier
      The same house plants you use to decorate your apartment can simultaneously clean your air. NASA, a group highly engaged with emerging technologies and materials within the realm of enclosed spaces, performed a study that proved plants effectiveness at improving air quality.
    • No-Cost Energy Solutions for Renters
      As a renter, making a significant financial investment in energy efficiency improvements may not be a viable option. Even though some small, low-cost options can have a considerable impact on utility cost, it's good to know that there are no-cost, behavior-based strategies that can also yield results.
    • Low-to-No Cost Strategies for Conserving Toilet Water
      According to National Geographic, 26% of the pure water in the average home is flushed down the toilet. This percentage may be even greater than if your toilet is old or leaky. Luckily. there are many easy, low-cost or no-cost ways that you can shrink your water bill by significantly reducing the potable water that you flush away.
    • Energy-Wise Window Treatments
      Window blinds are effective at controlling passive solar heating and reducing energy loss from your home or office.  This decreases the amount of heating or cooling required – and cuts your energy costs too.

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