DPW, IPC discuss energy conservation

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Story and photos by Santiago Hernandez
Directorate of Public Works
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — SFC Yoshio D. Padilla, dining facility manager of 209th Aviation BN, 25th CAB and Staff Sgt. Albert R. Espinola, advanced culinary NCO of 3-25 Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, are shown, here, at work.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — SFC Yoshio D. Padilla, dining facility manager of 209th Aviation BN, 25th CAB and Staff Sgt. Albert R. Espinola, advanced culinary NCO of 3-25 Aviation Regiment, 25th CAB, are shown, here, at work.

The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Dining Facility has recorded energy savings.

The 25th Combat Aviation Brigade Dining Facility has recorded energy savings.

The teams discussed past, present and future conservation efforts and problems, and exchanged best conservation practices.

“We’ve updated solar hot water systems on 745 legacy homes and our plan to install new systems on 1,100 legacy homes,” said Pete Sims, project director of IPC. “Also, in May and June of this year, we replaced 34,000 13-watt compact fluorescent light bulbs with more energy efficient, light-emitting diode bulbs. The estimated savings is around 45,000 kilowatt-hours for lighting and 61,000 kilowatt-hours, per year savings, in cooling costs.

“The LED bulbs emit less heat; consequently, they help keep room temperatures cooler, which help reduce air conditioning costs,” he explained.

Sims also added that the Department of Defense’s resident utility consumption program, managed by IPC at the local garrison, has made an impact on utility consumption.

“More than half our families are responsible for their electrical utilities, and they’ve made a great effort to conserve. We have realized an approximate 13 percent reduction in household energy use since implementing the DOD program.”

DPW monitors energy use throughout the garrison. Currently, it stresses an energy conservation campaign that should help cut energy costs by 10 percent over the next few years.

In September, the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was the first to receive a formal mock bill from DPW, and the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th ID, received an informal bill for August and September.

To date, nearly all of the CAB’s buildings measured have demonstrated a decrease in energy use. For example, Bldg.102, a key facility that houses several battalion headquarters and the Wings of Lightning dining facility, recorded an $8,500 savings for August.

The garrison is also working with the Exchange and with Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, and key on-base contractors, to reduce energy use.

The Class VI and furniture store on Schofield cost $31,930.47 to operate in July. However, in August, their operational cost was reduced to $25,777.29 – a savings of more than $6,100.

“We want units and civilian organizations to use energy,” DPW energy manager Keith Yamanaka said. “However, we want them to use it responsibly. If they don’t need it, we need them to turn it off.”

DPW and IPC energy teams vowed to periodically meet to discuss energy conservation. The goal is to assemble productive and conducive energy conservation practices, which should lead to a reduction in energy consumption across USAG-HI.

These reductions in energy use, regardless of size, will equate to a reduction in carbon emissions. A lower carbon footprint makes for a healthier environment, a lower USAG-HI energy bill, and provides the path to a livable future.

Energy conservation is everybody’s responsibility.

When needed, use it, protect it and conserve it. Everyone is responsible!

 

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