Arlington Gives Earth Day Launch

Published on April 21, 2016

  • Helps residents identify energy efficiency opportunities to save energy and money
  • First local government in the U.S. to lend thermal imaging cameras
  • Various energy efficiency tools and resources available at Arlington Public Library

Arlington: Plug into the first Energy Lending Library in the country.

The collection includes thermal imaging cameras, energy meters and books that will help residents identify areas of energy waste in their homes and provide real solutions.

The Energy Lending Library was created by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) in partnership with Arlington Public Library.

The efficiency tools are available to anyone with an Arlington Public Library card and can be checked out like any book or movie.

Knowledge to Action

Thermal imaging cameras are great tools because they see what your eyes can't. They help identify hot and cold spots in the home, indicating where insulation is missing and where air leaks occur.

Energy meters show exactly how much electricity appliances and electronics consume.  Understanding energy use in the home is the first step to taking action toward a "greener" home.

The curated booklist offers energy saving tips and will help residents complete "do-it-yourself" projects to save energy and money to make homes more comfortable. The list includes some Spanish titles.

A Sustainable Approach

The Energy Lending Library, launching on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, is the latest step toward achieving the goals of the Community Energy Plan, adopted three years ago to enhance Arlington's economic competitiveness, ensure reliable and affordable energy supplies and demonstrate the County's long-term commitment to environmental responsibility.

In a showcase for AIRE, solar panels installed on the roof of Central Library five years ago have saved almost 30 percent annually in energy consumption, which equates to $125K in savings per year.

Also in step with the County's sustainability goals, Arlington Public Library lends a wide array of garden tools to residents in a program unique to the area. "The Shed" at Central Library operates from March through November.