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"Take Action" to conserve energy

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- This month is designated by President Barack Obama as Energy Action Month under Executive Order 13693: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. In an effort to prove Team 5-0's commitment to energy efficiency, we are providing the below "Take Action" tips:

1. "Switch it off!"  The International Energy Agency recommends when leaving the room be sure to turn off all light switches.

2. The U.S. Small Business Administration urges the use of retrofit fluorescent lighting T8 bulbs instead of T12.

3. In accordance with the IEA, remove excess light sources from areas that have adequate natural light.

4. The SBA also recommends replacing heating, ventilating and air-conditioning filters once a month or the beginning of the heating and cooling seasons. Dirty filters can cause equipment to burnout.

5. Don't touch the thermostat! The Environmental Protection Agency advises keeping the temperature to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and 60 degrees Fahrenheit at night. If necessary, supplement with the use of sweaters and blankets.

6. What does water have to do with it?  The EPA also suggests taking shorter showers and using low-flow showerheads to decrease the amount of energy your hot-water heater needs.

7. Purchase Energy Star certified products. The Energy Star program is endorsed by the EPA.

8. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, computer monitors and central processing units should be turned off if not used more than 20 minutes. Also, all equipment should be plugged into power strips/surge protectors and turned off with prolonged non-use.

9. The Natural Resources Defense Council requests unplugging appliances that are used infrequently.

10. The NRDC also proposes when using home appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines, only wash full loads and use cold water as much as possible.
Visit the U.S. Department of Energy website for facility, home and office energy checklists at http://energy.gov/eere/femp/energy-action-month.
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