October is Energy Awareness Month

Krista Stehn

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Energy Program

October is National Energy Awareness Month, a time of increased attention on energy use and conservation.

Adm. Dixon R. Smith, commander of Navy Region Hawaii, has placed energy awareness as one of his top priorities. There is no better time than now to examine personal energy use and get started on a path toward energy savings.

Our nation can most certainly benefit from the wise use of energy at federal facilities. As the single largest domestic user of energy, the federal government spends more than $9 billion to power its vehicles, operations and approximately 500,000 facilities throughout the United States. Efficient energy management at federal facilities saves taxpayer dollars, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, protects the environment and natural resources, and contributes to our national security.

With so many major global challenges tied to energy use, including air pollution, climate change, volatile fuel supplies and costs, aging energy infrastructure and reliance on fossil fuels, it makes sense to choose energy efficiency as a basic work ethic and lifestyle.

Furthermore, saving energy isn’t hard and doesn’t mean drastic lifestyle changes. Here are five simple steps you can easily do to help save energy at your workplace: *Get into the habit of turning off lights when you leave a room. *When possible, use fans to keep cool instead of an air conditioner. *Turn off office equipment (computers, printers, copy machines) at night and on weekends. *Limit kitchen appliances to public areas only. *Report energy waste, including water leaks, building deficiencies, and energy abuses.

During Energy Awareness Month and throughout the year, we must all remember that saving energy is an individual priority and focus, and that we can safeguard our energy infrastructure and reduce our carbon footprint in all that we do through simple choices and attention to energy efficiency.

For more energy tips or questions, contact the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii Energy Team at 471-0440.

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