USAG-HI’s DPW begins day and night energy inspections

| October 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

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

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — To help units conserve more energy and use it more efficiently, USAG-HI resumes day and night energy audits, also referred to as Building Energy Monitor (BEM) inspections. Such inspections are conducted periodically by the DPW Energy Conservation Representative intended to help units and organizations identify wasteful energy habits and to develop low cost – no cost solutions at the user level.

“Our DPW BEM inspections are design to help unit BEMs identify issues, develop a fix, and work with them to reduce energy,” according to Keith Yamanaka, the DPW Energy Chief. “However, this practice requires everyone’s assistance to keep our energy use down. Last year our garrison’s energy bill was nearly 70 million dollars – that’s too much. Through the inspection program, our goal is to help implement modest solutions to save energy and cut our use.”

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

U.S. Army Energy and Water Security = Awareness / Culture Change Model (Courtesy graphic)

Solutions vary. Some conservation efforts can be as simple as turning off the lights when walking out of an unoccupied room, or shutting off the air conditioner during non-work hours. Additional no cost solutions include, but are not limited to, using less appliances at work and simply close building doors and windows to keep cooled air from escaping.

As per USARHAW policy, all units and organizations working on USAG-HI installations should have a responsible BEM assigned to each building. Monthly energy conservation building inspections are mandatory. Additionally, in accordance with army regulation 420-1 (February 2008) BEM inspections are responsible for, “ensuring electrical equipment and appliances (monitors, fans, coffee pots) are turned off when not being used and during non-duty hours. Refrigerators are authorized in work and office areas for area use with sizing based on number of personnel supported. Use one cubic foot per person as an average to determine size and quantity of refrigerators that are appropriate. Refrigerators in work areas and offices intended for only one person’s use are prohibited.”

The DPW BEM inspection along with unit BEM monthly inspections, together complement and reemphasize no-cost measures to reduce energy. The goal is to motivate the workforce towards compliance.

The Army depends on all Soldiers, family members, and its’ civilian workforce to serve as its’ first line of defense against excessive use and wasteful habits. “Our greatest asset towards reducing energy is people, not more costly equipment, according to Keith.” “People control light switches, temperature thermostats, open windows and doors. You would be amazed at how much we would save if everyone practice no-cost solutions.”

BEM inspections at the garrison and unit level – as examples – are designed to help identify problems and work them into solutions; however, don’t wait until an inspection to identify issues. Take lead and turn everything unused off, especially before long weekends and deployments. Get rid of excess appliances, both home and at work. Call in emergency service orders to 808-656-1275 or have your BEM submit a Demand for Maintenance Order (DMO) to Energy conservation is here to stay and we all have a 70 million dollar reason to save energy. When not in use, turn it off. It is the responsible thing to do.

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