October is U.S. Army’s Energy Awareness Month

| October 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Santiago Hernandez
Directorate of Public Works
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii — The  Directorate of Public Works (DPW) asks that all units, Soldiers, family members and civilian workforce take an opportunity to reflect on their current energy practices and set reduction and efficiency goals for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Army continues to stress energy conservation as the cheapest means to reduce costs and help promote energy security. Here are some easy conservation tips:

U.S. Army Energy and Water Security = Awareness / Culture Change Model

U.S. Army Energy and Water Security = Awareness / Culture Change Model

  • Close all windows and doors for air conditioned spaces. Set thermostats to 74º Fahrenheit for cooled areas (USAG-HI standard).
  • Turn off window A/C units in unoccupied rooms. Each unit can cost the Army up to $2,400 for year round use (24/7).
  • Turn off lights and HVAC units (window A/C units included) when not in use, particularly during weeknights, weekends, deployments and holidays. Aircraft hangar lights are included.
  • Unit arms room exterior lights should be on at night, however, off during the day.
  • Minimize the number of refrigerators and coffee pots, i.e., consolidate their usage.
U.S. Army Energy and Water Security = Awareness / Culture Change Model

U.S. Army Energy and Water Security = Awareness / Culture Change Model

  • Turn off all office and shop equipment – printers, copiers, computers, battery chargers, and shredders at the end of the day. During work hours when practical.
  • Consolidate rear detachments (personnel administrative areas, work areas, etc.) into as few buildings as possible. Use the least amount of living and work space when possible.
  • Practice full load washing and drying. Turn off utility lights when not in use.
  • Ensure surrounding grounds are watered between the hours of 1700 to 0900 – only water during hours of limited visibility. Sprinklers should be limited to 15 minutes of watering and directed only at green space.
  • Submit work orders for broken doors or glass, non-functioning AC controls and equipment, broken light timers/sensors and leaking water fixtures. The DPW help desk can be reached at: 808-656-1275 or send email request to wheeler.id-pacific.list.dpw-demand-maintenance-orders@mail.mil
  • When practical consolidate trips – carpool. Walk or ride a bike when practical.
  • Shutoff vehicles when not in use (GSA TMP/NTV and Tactical Vehicles included).
  • Additional tips can be located online at https://www.hawaiianelectric.com/save-energy-and-money/household-tips-and-resources.

Waste and abuse should not be tolerated and reported to the DPW energy conservation manager at 808-656-3289 (office), or 808-864-1079 (cell). Energy theft should be immediately reported to the Military Police.

Regardless whether you are a Soldier, family member, civilian employee or a military retiree, everyone is responsible for conserving energy and water. The days of excessive cheap energy are gone. To secure tomorrow’s energy resources and sustain a resilient world class army, we have to start conserving and reducing energy consumptions today. When not in use, turn it off!

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