Think energy efficient
By Airman Shane M. Phipps, 366th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 20, 2011
MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- In support of October's Energy Awareness Month, everyone is encouraged to take the time to evaluate their energy consumption.
Specifically, Mountain Home Gunfighters are being asked to consider the necessity of their day-to-day energy use in base housing and the dormitories.
"I think it's a culture change, but we want people to begin thinking about the simple household things they could do to conserve energy," said Joseph Armstrong, 366th Civil Engineering Squadron, energy manager.
Recognizing the importance of energy in the daily lives of Airmen is a vital step in correcting poor energy saving habits.
"Absolutely everything we do uses energy, and the degree to which we have reliable, secure energy supplies determines our quality of living," said Jeff Brooks, resource efficiency manager with the 366th CES. "Without energy we would be a third world country."
During uncertain economical times, it is imperative to understand the possible repercussions of energy abuse.
"When you boil it down, it all comes back to having the energy to continue the mission by not wasting it, which will give us a sustainable future," said Brooks.
There are multiple techniques which Airmen can utilize to help reduce negligent energy consumptions.
"It is important to do things like closing your crawlspace vents in the winter months, monitoring your thermostats, using hot water and electricity as efficiently as possible and using compact florescent light bulbs," said Armstrong. "We don't have a problem going to housing and checking over these items with the residents."
Even with newer base houses becoming more energy friendly with features such as compact florescent lights, low-flow shower heads, well insulated pipes, programmable thermostats and high efficient air conditioners, it is still important for the residents to do their part.
According to Brooks, homes are more energy efficient today, but people can save even more energy with good day-to-day practices.
Along with base housing, there are plans to improve energy efficiency in the dormitories as well.
"We plan on putting motion sensors in the stairwells to conserve lighting as well as offering power saving strips, conserving power when appliances are not in use," said Armstrong.
All Airmen are encouraged to take some time and consider ways to contribute to the Air Force by saving energy and money which could be put to better use.
"Energy is in everything and directly effects mission preparedness and success," said Armstrong.
For more information on conserving energy, contact Joseph Armstrong at 208-828-3914, or visit his information booth at the Base Exchange 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24 through 28.