Energy Conservation Projects
Reduce energy use. Save money. Cut carbon emissions.
Who Can Apply?
Community Associations and Places of Worship in Fairfax
County are eligible for energy funding. Common Interest
Communities can include civic, condo or homeowner associations or
housing cooperatives; projects must be installed on shared
property. Places of worship must be 501(c)3 organizations. Note
that this is more limited than the watershed program. See below for
more energy resources for homeowners and businesses.
How Much Reimbursement?
50% of costs up to $5000.
Energy projects need to be maintained and kept in place for 10
Where Does the Funding Come From?
The Fairfax County
Environmental Improvement Program is funding this effort,
and it is administered by the Northern Virginia Soil and Water
Energy Project Types:
Energy Audit. Have a certified energy auditor perform an
assessment and report on civic/homeowner association building(s). 50%
match up to $750.
Air Sealing and Insulation: Maintain an airtight building
envelope. (Don’t heat the outdoors in the winter.)
HVAC and Duct Sealing: Fix leaking ducts. (Don’t let
conditioned air escape from ducts to an attic.)
Lighting: Keeping a community well-lit doesn’t have to be an
energy drain. Lighting projects can also include occupancy sensors,
timers, or photo sensors to ensure that lights turn off when not
Appliances: Replace appliance dinosaurs.
Others as recommended in an energy audit. For more information about
the building science approach, see: http://vaenergystar.com/northern-virginia/
How to Apply For Energy Funding
Contact NVSWCD to get started
Form project team
Contractor bid and budget
Submit by June 15, 2017 for summer 2017 installation
September 15, 2017 for fall 2017 installation
Watershed Conservation Projects
Capture runoff. Protect streams and rivers. Enhance
Who Can Apply? Anyone!
Homeowners, Community Associations, Places of Worship, and Other
Property Owners in Fairfax County and City of Fairfax
How Much Reimbursement?
75% of project costs up to max. Percentage and maximum
reimbursement vary by project and applicant type.
Watershed projects need to be maintained and kept in place for
Where Does the Funding Come From?
The statewide Virginia Conservation Assistance Program and
the Fairfax County Environmental Improvement Program are
funding this effort. It is administered locally by the Northern
Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.
Watershed Project Types:
Conservation Landscaping. Incorporate native trees and
shrubs, meadow or wetland plants into your landscape. Typical cost:
$5-15 per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet.
Rain Gardens. Bowl-shaped garden area that collects and
absorbs runoff. Typical cost: $10-25 per square foot. Minimum size:
100 square feet.
Dry Well/Infiltration Trench. A gravel-filled area that
collects and absorbs runoff. Typical cost: $5-15 per square foot.
Minimum size: 100 square feet surface area or 300 cubic feet volume.
Porous Pavement/Pavers. Replace impervious hard surfaces to
allow water to pass through and absorbs into the ground below. Must
be installed by certified professional. Typical cost: $10-35 per
square foot. Minimum size: 300 square feet.
And Many More! Learn
more about Watershed Project Options.
How to Apply for Watershed Projects
Please note that planting is not permitted between June 10 -
September 15 due to temperatures, and strongly discouraged in the 2-3
weeks before and after that timeframe. Fall is the best time to
How to Request a Site Visit
To request a site visit, contact the Northern Virginia Soil and
Water Conservation District at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include the following information:
The site address
Which project types you are most interested in
A basic description of any drainage and erosion issues on the
Names and contact information (email preferred) for all property
owners/decision makers/project team members
For community associations or places of worship, please ensure that
the board is aware and supportive of the site visit and potentially
installing a project on the property.
Please also look up and provide the following information to the
best of your ability:
Supervisor District (Dranesville, Hunter Mill, Sully, Mount Vernon,
Braddock, Mason, Lee, Providence, Springfield)
Watershed information: Watershed Name, Resource Protection Area on
site (Y/N)? (Go to Fairfax County
Is the property adjacent to parkland (Y/N)?
Soils information (Go to Fairfax
County Soils Information for maps and guide pp. 9-11. On the
soil map, you are looking for the number in RED. You do NOT want
the number in black with the circle around it.)
Dominant soil type?
Soil drainage (good, fair, marginal, poor)?
Suitability for infiltration trenches (good, fair, marginal, poor)?
Submit An Application
Send your association's site visit request or completed application
electronically to the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation
District at email@example.com
Attachments must be limited to 6MB or less. Alternatively, you may also
mail the completed application form to 12055 Government Center Parkway,
Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035.
For questions, please contact
the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District.
Other Conservation Programs
There are several other programs that help Fairfax County residents
conserve energy and water resources at home. Here are just a few:
Rain Barrel Workshops. Rain barrels can be placed
under the downspout to collect water for reuse. They can be acquired
through the Rain Barrel Workshops
and Sales sponsored by the Conservation District and other
Home Turf - A Virginia Healthy Lawns Program. This
Virginia Cooperative Extension program provides homeowners and
community associations with a personalized nutrient management plan
and recommendations for a healthy lawn. Learn more about the Home Turf
Energy Action Fairfax - Energy Efficiency
Presentation. These experienced energy auditors can answer
questions about typical energy efficiency challenges and how to solve
them for homes in your community. Free, no application