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“You are Air Force energy!”

Posted 10/4/2013   Updated 10/4/2013 Email story   Print story

    


by 1st Lt. Leanne Hedgepeth
17th Training Wing Public Affairs


10/4/2013 - GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- October is Energy Action Month. The Air Force challenges everyone to recognize and appreciate the important role individuals play as the Air Force becomes more energy efficient and reduces overall costs.

The Air Force spends more than nine billion dollars a year on energy.
During fiscal year 2012 the Air Force received more than 1.5 billion dollars in savings through the use of smarter building materials, new technologies, and more efficient flight operations.

Gen. Mark A. Welsh, United States Air Force Chief of Staff calls for the continued commitment of every Airman and family member to help drive innovation and ensure we efficiently use every gallon of jet fuel, every watt of electricity and every drop of gasoline.

According to Welsh, Airmen and their family members can impact the Air Force's use of fuel and electricity by flying aircraft more efficiently, turning off vehicles and equipment when not in use or simply turning off the lights where appropriate.

Mary Lumsdon, base energy manager, said, "Goodfellow members can do a lot of things to conserve energy, such as: turn off computer monitors at the end of the day or if going to be away from desk for extended periods, turn off lights at the end of the day, during lunch or when out of the office for more than five minutes, turn off electronics such as external computer speakers, calculators, fans, radios and TVs at the end of the day or when out of the area for more than 5 minutes; don't just let these items go into sleep mode because they still use electricity while in sleep; turn them off."

Dorm occupants should not run the air conditioning system or heater with the doors or windows open she added.

Lumsdon also advised to use cold water to wash clothes and only wash full loads.

Airmen are encouraged to take an online energy module available to all personnel with a common access card on the Advanced Distance Learning System https://afcesa.csd.disa.mil

For more information on how to contribute in saving energy contact Mary Lumsdon at 325-654-5285.



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