Rethink Energy: Green Home and Garden Tour 2021

This regularly scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.

Welcome to the 2021 Green Home and Garden Virtual Tour! This year, the tour will feature short videos of homes and gardens (below) together with an online meet-the-host event where you can ask the hosts your questions directly in small breakout rooms. Get ideas and inspiration for your own home and garden.

Green Home and Garden Tour Meet the Host Event
Friday, June 4, 12-1:30 p.m.
Register online to participate.

Learn more about these new green homes, green renovations and watershed-friendly gardens. See homes featuring energy-efficient technologies, solar energy, water-saving technologies, rain gardens, native plants, wildlife habitat and more. The tour is sponsored by Arlington County’s Office of Sustainability and Environmental Management, EcoAction Arlington, Virginia Cooperative Extension, and Arlington Friends of Urban Agriculture.

Tour highlights include:

Arlington Green Home Choice — Bartell residence renovation, addition, solar

Arlington Green Home Choice — Stout residence renovation, addition, energy-efficient design, solar

Homeowner discusses his experience in adding new very modern space to a small Arlington home with Hambleton Construction. This addition and renovation feature a very energy-efficient design and solar system. This home is Green Home Choice certified.

Rain Garden, Native Plantings, and Dry Wells Improve Drainage and Transform a Garden

Homeowners discuss their modern sustainable Green Home Choice certified addition and renovation by Paola One Design and J and J Construction, This home features a solar system.

Permaculture-inspired Garden

Homeowner Barbara brings an approach of experimentation and learning to her permaculture-inspired garden, focusing on soil health, managing stormwater with rain barrels and a homeowner-installed small rain garden, and planting for biodiversity.

Welcome to the HUG — Highlands Urban Garden

Highlands Urban Garden is a collaborative project using innovative methods for water conservation and soil rebuilding to create a productive urban garden in south Arlington. Learn more about the Highlands Urban Garden.

Fairlington Commons: An HOA Works Together to Stop Erosion 

Fairlington Commons worked together to stop erosion on steep slopes by installing stone berms and native plant landscaping, including brilliant yellow golden groundsel, white wood aster and other hardy natives.

Arlington Green Home Choice — EnviroHomeDesign

Green Home Choice certified renovation and addition by EnviroHomeDesign. This home features many integrated sustainable design elements that affect energy efficiency and indoor air quality.

Arlington Green Home Choice — Sagatov Design and Build (New Construction) 

New very modern all-electric Green Home Choice certified home by Sagatov Design + Build, featuring many energy-efficiency features and a uniquely designed ventilation system.

Arlington Green Home Choice — Arlington Designer Homes (New Construction)

New construction Green Home Choice certified home by Arlington Designer Homes, featuring a variety of energy-efficiency and other sustainable design features.