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805 leads October's biggest energy reducers

Building 805 leads the Schriever Air Force Base Biggest Reducer Energy Challenge for October. The Biggest Energy Reducer is a yearlong energy and water reduction effort from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015, among Schriever facilities. (Courtesy photo)

Building 805 leads the Schriever Air Force Base Biggest Reducer Energy Challenge for October. The Biggest Energy Reducer is a yearlong energy and water reduction effort from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015, among Schriever facilities. (Courtesy photo)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Schriever's Biggest Energy Reducer energy savings for October is in and the leader of the pack is -- drumroll -- Building 805.

The Biggest Energy Reducer is a yearlong energy and water reduction effort from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015, among Schriever facilities.

"We track each building's progress monthly and report it quarterly," said Abe Irshid, Schriever energy manager. "At the end of the competition, a grand award will be given to the biggest energy facility reducer."

Building 805 had the biggest reduction for the first month with $1.04 per square foot. Building "All Others" took second place with 65 cents, while Building 24 garnered third place with 42 cents per square foot savings.

"The personnel in Building 805 were following simple steps to turn off lights when not in use and the facility manager was proactive in reporting faulty lighting and system to [50th Civil Engineer Squadron] customer service," said James Stempeck, 50 CES chief of portfolio optimization.

To show each facility's conservation results, the competition is based on dollar per square foot of savings with a mid-month progress report, Stempeck said.
So far the competition shows a positive trend on energy and dollar savings. 

"As of October, the dollar savings is approximately $243,000; though the number could change for the next month before it settles in the exact figure," Irshid said.

According to energy officials, the Biggest Energy Reducer competition was designed to increase the awareness and understanding of the base's energy use.

"We also want to highlight the ways in which base members can conserve and reduce energy around the base, and identify ways to foster greater personal accountability with regards to energy conservation," Irshid said. 

The winning facility will get a quarterly traveling trophy awarded at wing staff meetings, Stempeck said. The grand prize is funded from three percent of savings goal, not to exceed $11,000, which support the winning facility's quality of life improvement project or planned social event.

Though Building 805 is ahead, there are still ways for other facilities to catch up. Energy officials have endorsed the following recommended actions to help save more energy:

- Create end-of-day checklists
- Report faulty facility systems to facility manager or contact the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron Customer Service at 567-2300
- Work with facility manager to adjust temperature set points (automated control)
- Avoid using personal space heaters
- Keep windows, doors and roll-up doors closed
- Turn off television and display lighting when not in use
- Consolidate personal appliances
- Switch off computer monitors, printers and speakers
- Check for leaks or drips and report to facility manager
- Use smart power strips, which automatically turn off electricity

For more information about the competition, contact your facility manager of the Energy Team at 50sw.energy@us.af.mil.
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