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NEWS | Oct. 4, 2016

JBSA recognizes Energy Awareness Month

502nd Civil Engineer Squadron

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 require federal installations to reduce 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 fiscal year 2015 baseline.

The start of fiscal year 2016 begins the new energy reduction goal of 2.5 percent per year going through 2025. Everyone is encouraged to be vigilant and persistent in their efforts to reduce energy consumption in fiscal year 2016. Keep conservation in mind at all times, not only to meet base goals, but to become good stewards of natural resources for generations to come.

JBSA and San Antonio utility providers are promoting energy awareness month by setting up energy conservation display tables at some installations throughout the month. City Public Service Energy, San Antonio Water System and the 502nd Civil Engineer 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 2016 is “Protect the Power” and serves as a call to action for members of the Air Force community to practice energy efficient habits in their daily lives.

JBSA members can reduce energy use in the office or work area by following this simple checklist:
• Buy Energy Star certified appliances such as refrigerators, microwaves, desk lighting, etc.
• Turn off office equipment at night and on weekends.
• Report energy wastes, including water leaks, building deficiencies and energy abuses.
• Check the age and condition of major appliances, especially the refrigerator. Consider replacing it with a more energy-efficient model.
• Survey incandescent lights for opportunities to replace them with compact fluorescents or light-emitting diodes 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 questions or comments, call JBSA Base Energy Managers, JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, 671-1537; JBSA-Randolph and JBSA-Lackland, 671-0252.