JBPHH promotes efficiency, sustainability at Energy Fair

Story and photo by MC3 Justin Pacheco

Navy Public Affairs Support Element Detachment Hawaii

An energy fair was held for service members and civilian building energy monitors (BEMs) at the Ford Island Conference Center to help kick off Energy Action Month at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Oct. 5.

Energy Action Month is a federal government-wide program that promotes sustainability and energy efficiency, while encouraging the smart use of energy, water, and transportation resources.

In his opening remarks, Lt. Col. David Berrios, JBPHH’s Deputy Public Works Officer, emphasized why energy conservation is such an important issue.

“Our installations are critical in projecting power and providing direct support to operational and tactical forces,” Berrios said. “Our electric bill accounts for approximately 10-15 percent of the island’s electrical use. If power to our installations is vulnerable, so is our mission.”

Berrios also noted that more than 30 percent of Navy Region Hawaii’s annual budget goes toward energy costs.

During the fair, attendees learned about several low-cost and free ways to conserve energy, such as: • Closing doors and windows when the air conditioning is on, and turning off air conditioning when not in use. • Turning off electrical equipment like computers, printers, and copiers at the end of the day. • Leaving lights off, if possible. • Installing low-flow fixtures in kitchens and bathrooms.

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