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What is the IRA? Passed in August 2022, the IRA is the single largest investment in climate and energy in American history. It enables American to tackle the climate crises, advance environmental justice, and secure the nation as a world leader in domestic clean energy manufacturing, with the goal of becoming a net-zero economy by 2050.
Residential buildings account for 26 percent of Arlington County’s greenhouse gas emissions. Every time you buy a home appliance, tune up your heating system or replace a burned-out light bulb, you’re making a decision that affects our climate and our planet.
The average American household spends nearly $2,000 per year on energy used in the home, but $200 to $500 of that is likely being wasted due to air leaks and outdated heating and cooling systems. If you are an apartment or condo dweller, live in a single-family household or manage a property, there are many things that you can do around your home to save energy and money.
Whether you live, work or play in Arlington there’s a way for you to help make it more sustainable.
Simple, No-Cost Actions for Today
- Use alternate transportation: take the bus or metro, ride your bike and walk.
- Turn off your lights when they’re not needed.
- Unplug your electronics when they’re not in use or use a power strip and turn it off.
- Set your thermostat to 68°F in the winter (lower while you’re asleep or away from home) and 78°F in the summer (higher when you’re away).
- Open windows, adjust blinds and use fans to naturally control daylight and temperature indoors.
- Wash your clothes in cold water and line dry.
- Do your laundry and dishes less often by washing only full loads.
Low-Cost Actions for Tomorrow
- Make the switch to LED bulbs(PNG, 207KB).
- Install and set a programmable thermostat so you can worry less about proper temperature control.
- Seal the holes between your house and your attic and add insulation to retain heat in the winter.
- Install a water heater blanket and lower your water heater temperature to 120°F.
- Use less water with faucet aerators and high-performance showerheads.
- Caulk and weatherstrip around your windows and doors.
Long-Term Investments with Big Returns