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“October is Energy Action Month,” a national campaign led by the Department of Energy, kicks off Oct. 1 at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. (U.S. Air Force graphic)
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‘I am Air Force Energy’ campaign kicks off

Posted 9/25/2013   Updated 9/25/2013 Email story   Print story


9/25/2013 - VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- "In fiscal 2012, the Air Force saved more than $1.5 billion through smarter buildings, new technologies, and more efficient flight operations," said Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning.

Team Vance will have the chance to learn more about the impact of energy to the Air Force's mission beginning Oct. 1 as part of "October is Energy Action Month," a national campaign led by the Department of Energy.

This year's theme, "I am Air Force Energy," puts every Airman at the center of the campaign.
The goal is to inspire the total force to be more efficient so they can give the Air Force an assured energy advantage in air, space, and cyberspace, said Glenda Watkins, the Vance Energy Manager with PAE Civil Engineering on base.

Beginning this month, the Air Force will highlight specific steps Airmen can take in their jobs to be more energy aware. More efficient flight descent procedures, new ways of loading cargo and vehicle idle time reduction are just a few of the ways Airmen can help the Air Force achieve its energy goals and maximize its energy advantage to support the mission.

It isn't cheap to operate an Air Force base. "We spend an average of $4,230 per day in utilities," said Watkins. August alone required $119,255 of electricity to keep the base functioning.

In fiscal 2012, the Air Force spent $9.2 billion on energy. "Every gallon of fuel and watt of electricity we save allows us to have more resources to meet other Air Force priorities," said Kathleen Ferguson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics.

"Every Airman is important in energy reduction," said Watkins. Simply turning off your computer monitor when not in use for more than 20 minutes will significantly reduce electricity use, she said.

Team Vance took energy conservation to heart, especially during the first quarter of fiscal 2013. "Vance was third in overall energy and water reduction in Air Education and Training Command for that quarter," said Watkins.

Activities planned Air Force wide during Energy Action Month include on-base energy days, training, facility versus facility energy competitions, videos, fact sheets and articles distributed via the Air Force website.

Hundreds of Airmen throughout the Air Force have gone above and beyond to help save energy. A few examples include:

Energy Manager David Morin led an energy program at Laughlin AFB, Texas, that collected and analyzed energy use data to increase energy efficiency and implemented xeriscopic landscaping wherever possible. Through these efforts, Morin helped reduce base energy consumption by 27 percent, water by 24 percent and overall utility bills in fiscal 2012 by $1.9 million.

U.S. Air Force Europe Energy Manager Kelly Jaramillo oversaw an energy program that included 46 projects that are estimated to save more than $5.5 million a year. She also implemented an energy awareness campaign that engaged the residents in Military Family Housing and helped them reduce energy consumption 25 percent and natural gas 17 percent.

The Support Center at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating by consolidating five functional organizations into a single facility which cut energy consumption 60 percent and costs 50 percent.

The 22nd Operations Group Fuel Efficiency Office at McConnell AFB, Kan., designed and implemented measures to reduce and eliminate inefficiency in the fuel management of the KC-135. Their efforts saved the Air Force $4.3 million, even though sorties increased 42 percent.

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