Arlington County leads Virginia in energy efficiency

According to officials from the local environmental service, Arlington is the most energy-efficient county in the state of Virginia. This news comes nearly a decade after the county decided to make a concerted effort to improve its power consumption. Seven years later and this entire part of the state has benefited enormously from that work that is still being done.

Environmental experts say that the county's efforts to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions over the last seven years has saved Arlington $800,000 annually. Local governments all over the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area have come together in order to address the growing issue of global climate change. Nearly 75 percent of the county's population live in areas that promote energy efficiency upgrades for all residents.

"Energy is something that we often take for granted," John Morrill, Arlington county's Department of Environmental Services energy manager, told local reporters. "But when there's a power outage or when it's very, very cold outside, all of a sudden that energy we use and need is vital."

Arlington county is one of the few places in the country that has been able to meet the energy goals it set out for itself. Back in 2007, when the improvements were first adopted, the county settled on a 10 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2012. As of 2014, the area is well past that with an overall decrease of 11 percent. Arlington county is now becoming more ambitious, believing that it can bring down these pollutants by a full 75 percent by 2050.

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