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Plan Includes Energy Efficient Recommendations For Arlington Homes

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- The home of the future in Arlington is a 5,000 square foot mansion. In addition to five bedrooms, it's 45 percent more energy efficient than a standard home.

"We spent about $40,000 on windows and doors," says Andrew Moore of Arlington Designer Homes. He says standard windows would have cost $15,000.

He spent another $6,000 on a Solar Water Heater, versus $1,000. And $8,000 for water fixtures, versus $2,000.

"There will be less than four cups of water that need to come from the hot water heater to get to the fixture," he says.

In Arlington, a Community Energy Plan recommends new homes and remodels be 30 percent more energy efficient starting in 2015.

Car-Free Day Is Wednesday September 22

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Could you commute to and from work without your car, even for just one day?  That is what organizers behind the 2010 Car-Free Day are hoping you will do.

The annual event asks participants to use public transportation, walk, bike, or carpool to work for just one day.  People who don't have those options are asked to reduce the amount they use their cars.  Organizers say it saves money, cuts down on stress, and reduces pollution.

On the official Car-Free Day website, nearly 6,500 people had already taken the "car-free pledge" by Wednesday morning.


What to do with Halloween Candy?

Do you dread the pillowcases full of candy that will be coming home with your munchkin on Halloween? Instead of having them chalked up on a sugar high for the next 11 months, persuade them to watch some really cool experiments! This site has some really cool ideas of experiments you can do with Halloween candy that are sure to delight your little ones. Whether it's watching a warhead dissolve into bubbles or seeing an "S" from the word Skittles float to the top of the water, you must try a few of these!

Check out the website HERE.

Capital Bikeshare Rolls Out in Arlington

Capital Bikeshare launched today, September 20, in Washington D.C. and Arlington, VA. Capital Bikeshare is the newest regional transportation system and largest bikeshare system in the United States.

As of today, there are 100 stations in the District and 14 in Arlington. There are 1,100 bikes in the fleet that will be fully operating by the end of October. The concept is that anyone can pick up a bike from one of the locations and use it all over the area. Membership options range from 24 hour for $5, to 30-day for $25, to annual for $75. The first 30 minutes of each trip is free. It is environmentally friendly, healthier, and adds another option to your transportation mix.

Bluemont Hosts Its 41st Annual Country Fair This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, September 18-19, the Bluemont Cititzens Association invites "neighbors" from surrounding communities to join them for a country fair. The fair, a tradition of 41 years, is held in the center of Bluemont, a quaint and delightful village in the foothills of Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

The fair offers more than thirty types of attractions and is sure to please everyone in your family. You'll find juried crafters and live demonstrations of historic crafts. Ladies from towns all around will bring home-baked goods to please your palate, and there are even pie and pickle—yes, I said pickle—making contests. There is an abundance of live music, and your children will also be entertained with games and fun especially for them.

Reagan National Airport To Hold Emergency Exercise Saturday

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- There will be many emergency vehicles at Reagan National Airport on Saturday. They are part of an emergency exercise the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is conducting.

From approximately 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., smoke and fire may be visible from the south area of the airport.  Rescue boats and helicopters will also be in the area as part of the exercise.

MWAA says the exercise is not open to the public and will not affect airport operations.

Saving A Grocery Store Beer Garden

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- It's become a case of big government versus small business.

Zoning laws and building codes could drive a popular Arlington watering hole out of town.

The Westover Market has been around for 50 years. It's a mom and pop grocery store by day and in the last couple of years becomes a beer garden at night.

The business is zoned and permitted to have 9 chairs but on the weekends there are many more people than places to sit.

That's not all. There are building code violations. Patrons enter and exit through the automatic supermarket doors. Those doors need to be widened. The bathrooms also need to be ADA accessible so a wheel chair can get down the stairs.

Tommy Greco use to play music at the Westover Beer Garden. He says, "This place has grown and grown and grown. And it's become a local tradition to enjoy things."