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Officials stress conservation during Energy Awareness Month

By | Sept. 30, 2010

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — October is Energy Awareness Month. The Air Force theme for this year's energy awareness campaign is, "Powering America; We're On Target."

According to Andy Hinojosa, base energy manager, Lackland is committed to reducing energy consumption to meet all conservation directives and become good stewards of natural resources for generations to come.

He said Lackland's Energy Program complies with federally mandated energy goals while maintaining a healthy and productive workplace. Energy reduction goals specified by Executive Order 13423 require the base to reduce its energy use by 3 percent every year for 10 years. The overall goal is to reduce energy per square foot by a total of 30 percent by fiscal year 2015, based on a fiscal year 2003 baseline.

Mr. Hinojosa said although Lackland's conservation efforts have been successful - the base reduced energy use by 11 percent in fiscal year 2010 - everyone must remain vigilant and persistent in their efforts to reduce energy consumption in fiscal year 2011.

Lackland and the San Antonio utility provider are promoting energy awareness month with energy conservation displays around base and an information campaign. Mr. Hinojosa offered the following tips for reducing energy in the work place:

· Buy Energy Star certified appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves and desk lighting.

· Turn off office equipment such as monitors, printers, copy machines and 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. It may need to be replaced with a more energy efficient model.

· Survey incandescent lights for opportunities to replace them with compact fluorescents. These lamps can save three-quarters of the electricity used by incandescent light bulbs. The best targets are 60-100W bulbs used several hours a day. New CFLs come in many sizes and styles to fit in most standard fixtures.

· Do not over-cool air conditioned spaces.

· Report all building energy problems to the facility manager or energy monitors.

For more information about energy conservation, call Mr. Hinojosa at 671-0252.
(Courtesy of 802nd Civil Engineer Squadron)