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Air Force encourages energy awareness

Every year, the Air Force participates in the Nation’s October Energy Action Month initiative. The initiative is an effort promoting sustainability and energy efficiency while encouraging the smart use of energy, water and transportation resources. This initiative aims to increase attention to energy use and to develop energy efficient behaviors that will continue throughout the year.

Every year, the Air Force participates in the Nation’s October Energy Action Month initiative. The initiative is an effort promoting sustainability and energy efficiency while encouraging the smart use of energy, water and transportation resources. This initiative aims to increase attention to energy use and to develop energy efficient behaviors that will continue throughout the year. (courtesy graphic)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Every year, the Air Force participates in the Nation’s October Energy Action Month initiative.

The initiative is an effort promoting sustainability and energy efficiency while encouraging the smart use of energy, water and transportation resources. This initiative aims to increase attention to energy use and to develop energy efficient behaviors that will continue throughout the year. 

Although October is the official Energy Action Month for the Air Force, our goal is that every Air Force employee -- Airman, civilian and contractor -- incorporates energy awareness into their daily activities and adopts energy savings habits and practices that enable Schriever’s goal of reducing energy and water consumption.

With cooler weather upon us, you may have already started working on ways you can save energy during the fall and winter months. Now is the perfect time to focus on saving energy because you won't be doing it alone. October is a time not only to be aware, but to act.

Energy is critical to Schriever’s ability to accomplish its mission. Schriever’s goal is to foster a culture that prioritizes energy optimization and water management. Part of the bases mission assurance is through energy assurance. Another mission is to overcome the challenges posed by vulnerabilities to the bases energy security by pursuing the three goals of our Energy Program:

- Improve resilience by ensuring we have the ability to continue operations, recover from energy interruptions and sustain the mission.

- Optimize demand by integrating energy efficient technologies to stabilize and reduce energy demand. 

- Assure supply by diversifying the types of energy used and securing the quantities necessary to perform the missions.

Schriever is making progress toward these requirements by implementing energy and water-management projects throughout the installation.

Whether these projects are implemented base wide or in individual facilities, every action Team Schriever takes contributes toward strengthening the security and resilience of the base infrastructure.

This initiative is designed to increase attention to energy use, and to develop energy efficient behaviors that will continue throughout the year. A simple step everyone on Team Schriever can implement immediately is to turn off your computer monitors and room lights at the end of the workday.

Here are additional examples of ways you can help save energy:

  • Appliance reduction: Look around your workspace. Do you have a refrigerator or coffee maker in your work area? How many personal appliances can be removed or consolidated in common areas like a break room? Reducing energy usage by reducing the number of appliances and machines you use can yield significant energy savings.
  • Computer log off: Since personnel at many installations are advised not to turn off computers, it’s important to log off. This ensures that computers will enter energy-savings sleep mode. Before you pull your ID card and go home for the day, remember to log off.
  • Temperature Control: Climate control set points can have a major impact on energy use.  Most bases use settings of 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer. Be familiar with your base’s temperature set point policy. Rather than increasing energy demand with space heaters or fans, dress appropriately for the temperature in your facility. If your building is too cool in the summer or too cold in the winter, the Air Force could be wasting energy.
  • Inform your facility manager: Report incorrect temperature set point, leaky faucets, blocked air vents, cracked windows and other problems to your facility manager or civil engineer customer service
  • Outdoor Conservation: If you notice a broken sprinkler head wasting water or area lights left on in a parking lot during the day, report it to your local civil engineer customer service.
  • No waste: Don’t turn a blind eye to problems. If you see something that doesn’t need to be on, turn it off.  If you see a problem, report it.

Energy is critical to the Department of the Air Force’s ability to accomplish its mission – to provide the global presence necessary to ensure stability, deter potential adversaries and present options in times of crisis.

For the second year in a row, the Air Force’s Energy Action Month theme is “energy able… mission capable.”  It serves as a call to action for Team Schriever to practice energy efficient habits in their daily lives. While individual efforts may seem small, when combined with others they can have big impact across the installation and the Air Force.

Saving energy eliminates the use of resources that are valuable in sustaining the mission. Some form of energy is used to produce everything we use in our work day. The paper we print or write on is derived using energy. The computers most of us use in our day-to-day business use energy.

So, any reduction of resources used during the work day contributes to savings for the Air Force.  These reductions or conservation efforts eventually translate into financial opportunities for the Peterson-Schriever Garrison, Air Force and United States government.

Diversifying our energy supply to incorporate alternative energy sources, like renewables, increases the base’s resilience so operations can continue in the event of a commercial grid failure. 

Schriever plays a critical role in promoting readiness, generating the force structure necessary for mission success and enabling combat operations. Transforming energy usage and innovating base systems improves our energy resilience, reducing vulnerabilities to Team Schriever and providing a reliable source of energy and water to Schriever facilities.

Do you have ideas on how to take action to save energy? Share with us the energy-saving actions you plan to take during Energy Action Month. Share your energy-saving suggestions or comments with us via 50sw.energy@us.af.mil and they just may be implemented.

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