Energy Action Month
By Gary Krivokapich
/ Published September 26, 2016
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- October is Energy Action Month and there is good news! Our photovoltaic farm is performing at its highest level ever. It generates $1.5 million worth of power a year, making us a leader in Department of Defense in energy conservation and renewables.
However, we can do better! Because Davis-Monthan spends on an average $1,000 per hour on utilities, there is a lot of potential for improvement. The goals of Energy Action Month are to increase awareness about energy consumption and to encourage the entire Davis-Monthan populace to enact energy-saving actions. Help us reduce our total utility bill, which is over $8 million per year.
To start the improvement process, our energy team has begun evaluating new LED lighting technologies, air conditioning upgrade opportunities, and the potential for solar photovoltaic storage backup at our Combined Air Operations Center complex. Additionally, we are looking at complete technology and cyber security updates of building controls/energy management systems across the base. This will not only not only save energy, but also reduce maintenance costs and add to energy security and energy resiliency.
To promote energy awareness, we are also kicking off a base-wide group energy competition. The group that has reduced their energy consumption the most for the last 12 months will be presented the Travel DM Energy Competition Trophy! Additionally, we’re working with Sonoran Science Academy to educate students on energy savings tips; students will be developing posters on ways to save energy and we’ll be displaying the winning posters around the base.
• Help your group win the Energy Competition Trophy and enable us to reduce energy and water usage by doing the following: Turn off lights when not in use
• Raise the thermostat in the summer and lower it in the winter (A cost savings of up to 3% for each degree raised/lowered can be attained!)
• Turn off your monitors at the end of the work day
• Turn off office equipment when it is not needed at night or on the weekends.
• Use water wisely and report water leaks and water line breaks
If you work in an industrial area, in addition to the above, you can also:
• Make sure compressors and other equipment are turned off when not in use or if the building is unoccupied – check for leaks!
• Keep rollup doors closed when not in use
• Follow manufacturer’s maintenance instructions on time
• Use premium efficiency motors
We’ll have a booth set up at The Exchange on October 7th from 1000 to 1400. Be sure to stop by to pick up more information! We will also have a booth at the October 7th 5k Fun Run starting at 0645 at Sun Glow Road. Remember to look for the winners of our poster contest at Sonoran Science Academy around the base.
If you have any energy or water conservation ideas, call our Energy Manager, Gary Krivokapich, at 228-6026.