October, Energy Action Month, provides an opportunity for Airmen to learn more about the impact of energy to the Air Force’s mission as part of a national campaign led by the Department of Energy. This year’s theme, “I am Air Force Energy,” puts the Airman at the center of the campaign. The goal is to inspire the total force to be more efficient so they can give the Air Force an assured energy advantage in air, space and cyberspace.
Beginning this month, the Air Force began highlighting specific steps Airmen can take in their jobs to be more energy aware. More efficient flight descent procedures, new ways of loading cargo, and vehicle idle time reduction are just a few of the ways Airmen can help the Air Force achieve its energy goals and maximize its energy advantage to support the mission.
Activities during the month include on-base energy days, training, facility versus facility energy competitions, videos, fact sheets, and articles distributed via the Air Force website, and dozens of others. These efforts will share best practices and celebrate the innovative ideas and accomplishments of Airmen at all levels across the country and around the world who have reduced energy and water use and saved money.
“In fiscal 2012, the Air Force saved more than $1.5 billion through smarter buildings, new technologies and more efficient flight operations,” said Eric Fanning, acting secretary of the Air Force. “The smart use of energy means flying our aircraft farther, transporting more cargo, and accomplishing our mission in a more efficient and effective way.”
In fiscal 2012, the Air Force spent $9.2 billion on energy. “Every gallon of fuel and watt of electricity we save allows us to have more resources to meet other Air Force priorities,” said Kathleen Ferguson, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and logistics.
Hundreds of Airmen have gone above and beyond to help increase our energy security. A few examples include:
Energy manager David Morin led an energy program at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, that collected and analyzed energy use data to increase energy efficiency and implemented xeriscopic landscaping wherever possible. Through these efforts, Morin helped reduce base energy consumption by 27 percent, water by 24 percent and overall utility bills in fiscal 2012 by $1.9 million.
U.S. Air Force Europe energy manager Kelly Jaramillo oversaw an energy program that included 46 projects that are estimated to save more than $5.5 million a year. She also implemented an energy awareness campaign that engaged the residents in military family housing and helped them reduce energy consumption 25 percent and natural gas 17 percent.
The Seymour Johnson AFB support center, N.C., earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold rating by consolidating five functional organizations into a single facility which cut energy consumption 60 percent and costs 50 percent. The building utilizes a high-efficiency variable refrigerant flow HVAC system, centrally maintained temperature set points, and low-flow plumbing. These features helped the base reduce potable water use 50 percent, and save 2,862 MMBTUs and $55,000.
The Air Combat Command facility energy team at Langley AFB, Va., oversaw facility energy optimization at 16 installations, which reduced energy use by 5.9 percent from 2011 and awarded 39 energy projects to save 447,471 MBTUs and $5.4 million annually. In total, the programs implemented by ACC reduced energy consumption by 538,809 MMBTU, cut CO2 emissions by 62,835 tons and saved $6.67 million annually.
The 22nd Operations Group Fuel Efficiency Office at McConnell AFB, Kan., designed and implemented measures to reduce and eliminate inefficiency in the fuel management of the KC-135. These measures included reducing KC-135 landing fuel, changing the KC-135 standard landing configuration, incorporating fuel efficiency software to inform flight speed, routing and altitude, pioneering a new training configuration, which reduced aircraft basic weight, air maximizing simulator usage, and training 400 aircrew on the importance of fuel management. These efforts saved the Air Force $4.3 million, even though sorties increased 42 percent.
Besides learning from their colleagues, Airmen are encouraged to take an online energy module available to all personnel with a Common Access Card on the Advanced Distance Learning System at https://afcesa.csd.disa.mil.
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