Since 2011, the award-winning Energy Masters program has been promoting a more energy efficient and sustainable community by training volunteers in energy efficiency and water conservation techniques and in delivering community education and outreach programs.

The volunteers then apply their new knowledge by performing 25 hours (20 hours for student volunteers) of community service annually by:

  • Making hands-on improvements in affordable housing units that increase energy and water efficiency
  • Educating residents and their families to encourage behavior change for sustained impact
  • Delivering educational programs to community groups and students at local schools
  • Providing educational information and energy and water conservation toolkits to residents who are struggling to manage utility costs

To date, more than 265 volunteers have been trained and performed thousands of hours of community service to improve the lives of more than 1,000 families living in affordable housing. Read more about the tremendous impact of the Energy Masters program has had on the affordable housing community in Arlington County and the City of Alexandria.

The program was created by VCE working in partnership with EcoAction Arlington.  

Energy Masters program is funded with generous support from the Arlington County Community Development Fund, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) and the City of Alexandria.

Affordable housing partners include AHC, Inc. and Wesley Housing.

Energy Master Kits

Virginia Cooperative Extension’s Energy Masters program is part of the Arlington Nonprofit Wish Catalog! Please help us raise funds to provide energy efficiency kits to assist community members with their utility bills and provide some comfort. Our goal is to raise $5000 by the end of December and distribute the kits in 2021. Your gift will be matched by a generous donor until Dec 31st. Any little bit helps. For more information, visit this website.

Energy Masters 2020 Training FAQ, please click here.