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October is Energy Awareness Month

By Adam Murdaugh | 502nd Civil Engineer Squadron | Oct. 4, 2017


October is Energy Awareness Month and Joint Base San Antonio is committed to reducing energy consumption to meet all conservation directives. 


The JBSA Energy Program is designed to comply with federally mandated energy goals while maintaining a healthy and productive workplace. 


Energy reduction goals are specified by the new Executive Order 13693 and the Energy Independence and Security act of 2007 which requires federal installations to reduce its energy use by 2.5 percent every year for 10 years. The goal is to reduce energy per square foot by a total of 25 percent by fiscal year 2025, based on a FY2015 baseline.


With the start of a new fiscal year, 2017 begins the new energy reduction goal of 2.5 percent per year through 2025. Everyone is encouraged to be vigilant and persistent in our efforts to reduce energy consumption.  Keep conservation in mind at all times, not only to meet base goals, but to become good stewards of our natural resources for generations to come.


JBSA and San Antonio utility providers are planning to promote energy awareness month by setting up energy conservation display tables at some of the installations throughout the month of October. 


City Public Service Energy, San Antonio Water System and the 502nd Civil Engineering Squadron will be handing out pamphlets on energy and water conservation, including informational tips on how to conserve our natural resources. 


The Air Force’s Energy Action Month theme for 2017 is “Protect the Power and serves as a call to action for members of our Air Force community to practice energy efficient habits in their daily lives.


Here’s a simple checklist with ideas you can do in your office or work area to reduce energy:


  • Buy Energy Star-certified appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, desk lighting, etc.


  • Turn off office equipment (monitors, printers, copy machines, fax machines) at night and on weekends.


  • Report energy wastes, including water leaks, building deficiencies and energy abuses.


  • Check the age and condition of your major appliances, especially the refrigerator. You may want to replace it with a more energy-efficient model.


  • Survey your incandescent lights for opportunities to replace them with compact fluorescents (CFLs) and/or light-emitting diodes, or LED, lighting. LED lighting can be more efficient, durable, versatile and longer lasting. LEDs are now being incorporated into bulbs and fixtures for general lighting applications. Some LED light fixtures have LEDs built-in as a permanent light source.


Remember, do not over cool air conditioned spaces and report all energy problems in your building to the facility manager or energy monitor. For more information about energy conservation, call the JBSA Base Energy Managers at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston at 210-671-1537, and at JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Lackland at 210-671-0252.