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Energy efficiency supports Air Force mission

Posted 6/27/2012   Updated 6/27/2012 Email story   Print story


by Michael Barker
Keesler resource efficiency manager

6/27/2012 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The federal government is the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. Thus, the Air Force has the most potential for savings, not only in the area of aviation fuel, but also in facility energy conservation. This theme powering America further supports the Air Force's overall mission to fly, fight, and win, and reinforces its energy strategy to reduce demand, increase supply, and change the culture.

Keesler has an objective to reduce energy intensity by 3 percent a year from a baseline fiscal year 2003 and a cumulative goal of 30 percent reduction by FY 2015. From the period of FY 2003 to FY 2010, energy intensity on base has decreased due to efficient equipment installation and demolition of older facilities. Keesler needs to continue to make significant changes in the way the base consumes energy in the future. Keesler's energy team has many projects in the works, such as replacing inefficient chiller compressors and upgrading lighting to energy efficient fixtures. However, it is going to take teamwork and discipline.
There are a number of energy conservation "self help" initiatives that can make a difference:

· Maintain space temperature standards -- Cooling season occupied thermostats set points are to be no lower than 76 degrees Fahrenheit and heating season occupied thermostats set points are to be no higher than 69 degrees F.

· Lighting opportunities -- Turn off interior lights at the end of the work day or when they are not needed, report any exterior lighting left on during daylight hours to (228) 377-5561 and replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.

· Appliances and equipment -- Turn off computer monitors, printers, scanners, and other office equipment at the end of the work day (desktop computers connected to the network must remain on for security updates); use of personal appliances, such as coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves, should be minimized to the fullest extent and consolidated to break rooms only; and purchase only energy efficient products.

Each member of Team Keesler has an important part to play in conserving energy and we can each make energy a consideration in all we do. If you have energy conservation questions, comments or suggestions, contact base energy management, (228) 377-5853, or base resource efficiency management, (228) 377-5859.

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