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Scott Air Force Base focuses on conserving energy

Posted 10/9/2013   Updated 10/9/2013 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Jaeda Waffer
375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

10/9/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- The 375th Civil Engineer Squadron has teamed up with members of Scott to bring energy awareness during October as part of the campaign, "I Am Air Force Energy."

October is Energy Action Month, and this Air Force campaign emphasizes the importance of conserving energy on an individual level.

Elizabeth Toftemark, 375th CES installation energy manager, said everyone is responsible for conserving energy.

"Energy conservation is 20 percent equipment, and 80 percent is behavior modification--actually doing the savings yourself," said Toftemark.

Reducing energy costs will help the Air Force save money, which allows the Air Force mission to continue.

"In fiscal year 2012, the Air Force saved more than $1.5 billion through smarter buildings, new technologies, and more efficient flight operations," said Eric Fanning, Acting Secretary of the Air Force. "The smart use of energy means flying our aircraft farther, transporting more cargo, and accomplishing our mission in a more efficient and effective way."

In fiscal year 2012, the Air Force spent $9.2 billion on energy.

Kathleen Ferguson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment, and Logistics, said, "Every gallon of fuel and watt of electricity we save allows us to have more resources to meet other Air Force priorities."

Conserving energy saves the Air Force money, and it starts with each individual.

"Energy conservation is driven by the individual, not necessarily by the equipment or the facility," said Toftemark.

There are a number of ways people can conserve energy at work: turning off lights when a room is left unattended, unplugging coffee makers when not in use, logging off the computer instead of pulling your common access card out and turning off monitors at the end of the day.

First Lieutenant Bruce King, 375th CES officer, said, "If everyone did this in the Air Force, we can save $20 million dollars," said. "Every individual should take a role in being an energy manager."

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