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These 1.5-inch diameter circular stickers are being used to place on energy consuming items such a computer monitors, light switches, and coffee pots. Using a handheld wattmeter, a calculator, and a magic marker to write the hourly or daily energy use cost directly on the sticker, facility managers or anyone can quickly communicate the real cost of an energy use decision.
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Energy conservation sticks at Scott AFB

Posted 4/21/2011   Updated 4/21/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Bekah Clark
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs


4/21/2011 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- When the members of Scott Energy Conversation wanted to make the ideas of energy conservation and awareness "stick" they decided to get literal.

The group created small, 1.5-inch diameter circular stickers to place on energy consuming items such a computer monitors, light switches, and coffee pots. Using a handheld wattmeter, a calculator, and a magic marker to write the hourly or daily energy use cost directly on the sticker, facility managers or anyone can quickly communicate the real cost of an energy use decision.

"The stickers are meant to bring awareness to the average user about just how much turning on that light switch or computer monitors, for example, can cost each day or throughout the course of a year," said Colonel Hornitschek. "Obviously, these are things that are necessary in our day to day jobs, but we often forget to turn them off when they're not in use. It's this wasteful expense and unnecessary energy generation pollution that we hope the stickers help curb."

The stickers were placed first in the 375th AMW headquarters building earlier this year and the SEC hopes to see them around the wing and around Scott in the coming months. The stickers look like a penny with a blank line where you can place the cost per hour, day, month or other desired time span for each piece of equipment.

"It's not just about putting stickers on energy consuming pieces of equipment," says Elizabeth Toftemark, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager, "It's about making people think about where and how they can do their part to lower the base's monthly energy bill."

The base pays about $600,000 each month in energy costs.

The stickers have an easily removed adhesive, which is well suited for walls and multiple pieces of equipment. They are also available to each organization on base through an outside contractor. For more information on how to get these stickers for your organization, first contact your building manager and commander for approval, then call the 375th AMW Commander's Action Group for pricing and ordering information. The CAG (256-4373) will also provide a spreadsheet that details the cost for common items throughout the base such as lights and standard computer monitors for easy computing when "stickering" your work center.



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