Energy Masters Training

Modeled after the Master Gardeners program, volunteers receive comprehensive training on energy and water conservation and then participate in a variety of service projects in the community to hone their skills and develop their expertise. This allows volunteers to comfortably and confidently serve the community and use their knowledge to make efficiency upgrades in their own homes.

We are now accepting applications for our next training starting in October 2020. Please see below for information about the training and a link to submit your application. For additional information about the training and the impacts of COVID-19 on our program, please see our 2020 Training FAQs.

Here’s how it works …

Volunteers who:

  • Review 2020 program requirements: community volunteer or student volunteer.
  • Complete an online application (see links below).
  • Successfully complete a brief telephone screening/interview, and
  • Pay a $75 registration fee. (No fee for student volunteers). Needs-based waivers available – just ask.* Apply by August 15 for an early-bird rate of $60!
  • Complete a background check at a cost of $9.95.**

Will then:

  1. Train – complete seven-session training program and submit a take home exam
  2. Serve – apply what you’ve learned in the community
  3. Report – track and submit your service hours

* All are welcome and encouraged to participate in this program, regardless of financial means. If the registration fee is a barrier to your participation, please contact us. Registration fee not required for student volunteers.

** Background check is required for participation. Once accepted into the program, each community volunteer will submit a secure online form to initiate a background check. Payment of $9.95 must be made online at the time of submission. Background check is not required for high school student volunteers.

Two applications available:

  1. Community volunteer – Adults new to the program.
  2. Student volunteer – High school (16 and older) or college

Over a seven-week period during October and November, candidates will participate in a series of classroom training sessions on evenings and one hands-on Saturday field-work session. In the 2020 training, much or all of the training sessions will likely be held virtually, depending on directives from local and regional authorities.

Specifically, volunteers will learn how to:

  • seal air leaks around doors, windows, and electrical switch plates with foam adhesive and caulk
  • install gaskets behind light switch and electrical outlet plates
  • install faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads
  • replace traditional incandescent light bulbs with more efficient, long-lasting LED bulbs
  • install flow restrictors in toilets
  • provide energy efficiency and water conservation education and outreach in schools, to community groups, and to individual residents and families in affordable housing apartments.

Have questions? Check out our FAQ page or please get in touch.

Raves from program participants …

Participation in the Energy Masters program has been really rewarding in getting to meet and serve clients I wouldn’t have otherwise met.  I’ve also put some of the training into practice in my own home, reaping benefits in greater comfort and lower bills.
Susan Peters, Arlington, Virginia

“The Energy Masters Program provides hands-on, relevant, and accessible information to help teach anyone to improve their indoor health and energy savings. Networking with the incredibly diverse array of people from our class is an indispensable opportunity as I develop my career.”
Liz Crowther, Washington, D.C.

Virginia Cooperative Extension CityofAlexandria