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Base tasked to drive down energy consumption

By | Nov. 20, 2006

Lackland Air Force Base, Texas — October is Energy Awareness Month and Lackland is committed to reducing energy consumption to meet all conservation directives.

Lackland's Energy Program is designed to comply with federally mandated energy goals while maintaining a healthy and productive workplace. Energy reduction goals are specified by Energy Policy Act of 2005, which requires Lackland to reduce its energy use by 2 percent every year for the next 10 years.

The goal is to reduce energy per square foot by a total of 20 percent by fiscal year 2015, based on a fiscal year 2003 baseline.

Lackland is currently at a 1 percent reduction for fiscal year 2006. Although this is short of the AETC goal of 2 percent, additional energy reduction can be attained through the continued efforts by everyone in fiscal year 2007 to keep conservation in mind.

By doing this, Team Lackland will not only to meet base goals, but be good stewards of our natural resources for generations to come.

Lackland and the San Antonio utility provider are planning to promote energy awareness month by setting up energy conservation displays throughout October. City Public Service Energy and Civil Engineering Squadron will be handing out pamphlets on energy conservation tips as well Department of Defense energy-saving office poster.

The Air Force theme for this year's energy awareness campaign is "Creating a culture where Airmen Conserve Energy."

If you have any questions or comments about energy conservation, call the base Energy Manager, Andy Hinojosa at 671-0252.
(Courtesy of the 37th Civil Engineer Squadron.)

Here's a simple checklist with ideas you can do at home to reduce energy:
1) Turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees F). You'll not only save energy, you'll avoid scalding your hands.

2) Start using energy saving settings on refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines and clothes dryers.

3) Clean or replace furnace, air conditioner and heat-pump filters.

4) Check the age and condition of your major appliances, especially the refrigerator. You may want to replace it with a more energy efficient model before the old one dies.

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

6) Remember, do not over-cool air conditioned spaces and report all energy problems in your building to the facility manager or energy monitors.