The renormalization scheme recently proposed by White is applied to the d=1 anisotropic XY model in a transverse field (AXY). A flow diagram, critical exponents and energies have been calculated. It is found that this scheme is a distinct improvement over the standard technique as far as the computation of the ground state is concerned. The accuracy increases rapidly, when we keep more states in each renormalization step, but the errors in the ground state energy are always the largest in the neighborhood of the phase transitions. Comparing with the Ising model in a transverse field, on account of more complicated symmetries, the AXY demands more precautions during constructing a renormalization group transformation.