Local

April 18, 2014

Energy office helps keep lights on

Tags:
Senior Airman JASON COLBERT
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Master Sgt. Adam Kelley, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager, explains the value of low wattage light bulbs to Robert Wimp at the Energy Conservation Month booth April 9 at Luke Air Force Base.

Anyone who has spent a summer in the West Valley knows when the temperature goes up, the energy bill goes up along with it. This is mostly due to air conditioners being electrical, along with most other appliances in local households. Wouldn’t it be a good thing if someone offered guidance on lowering energy bills by reducing energy usage?

The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron Energy Optimization Flight, also known as the energy office, specializes in doing just that for the Airmen at Luke Air Force Base. They conduct building audits to see if the facility and the equipment installed are operating at their most efficient levels.

“The energy office deals with all resources: gas, water and electric. We partner with the local power distributor, Arizona Public Service, to receive rebates when we replace antiquated equipment on base with more energy efficient equipment. We also have an agreement with APS to participate in an annual peak shavings program,” said Master Sgt. Adam Kelley, 56th CES base energy manager.
“The rebates we receive go directly back to the base where they’re dispersed throughout the wing. Lastly, we conduct outreach programs like facility managers training and wing orientation briefings.”

From June 1 to Sept. 30, APS relies heavily on Luke’s ability to lower energy usage if called upon to do so. During this time, Luke will be given a timeframe to take certain steps to reduce the energy load. One of these steps includes increasing temperatures in a number of facilities by two to three degrees. By participating in the Peak Shavings Program, APS will reimburse Luke monetarily according to the amount of power it saves during the Shavings Event.

Luke Airmen strive to reduce energy use in other ways. Education is a huge part of that initiative. Energy action month, which is in April for Luke, provides an opportunity to promote energy, water and natural gas conservation awareness to Airmen. Typically, this is observed throughout Air Education and Training Command in October, but Luke holds it right before the high-temperature months to better reach people and teach them what they can do to save on resources.

The energy office takes active steps to continue to optimize energy use on base. Many of them are subtle and may not be noticed by the average Airman while some, such as the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certified buildings, are there for all to see. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

“There is a tremendous amount of work that goes into simply paying the bills on base,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Shepherd, 56th CES base utility manager. “It’s more than just reading a meter. All the solar path running lights, the solar array on the fitness center, the solar hot water heater for four dormitories and the dining facility; basically, every solar panel you see on this base is drastically reducing the energy use of Luke.”

While the Airmen in the energy office are doing the best they can to help Luke save resources, they aren’t the only ones whose actions play a part.

“The Thunderbolts are invaluable in doing their part,” Kelley said. “Simple changes in our everyday culture can have a large impact on the electric and water reduction. Actions such as turning off lights and computer monitors when you leave an office or work area will add up to substantial savings if the entire base participates. Reporting leaks or excessive heating and cooling issues to CES customer service will assist in identifying and fixing the problems that might otherwise go unnoticed. Also, when we replace old appliances within our squadrons, replacing them with Energy Star appliances will lower our overall utility consumption. Energy conservation is a culture change and everyone must do their part. I’m confident Team Luke will continue to do its part to reduce utility expenses for the Air Force and reduce our overall carbon footprint.”

For more information on how to reduce energy consumption in the office or at home, call Kelley at 623-856-4746 or email him at adam.kelley.1@us.af.mil.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-3

Honorary commanders bid farewell

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks to the outgoing honorary commanders Sept. 17 at Club Five Six. The Honorary Commander Program fosters relationships between local civic and business leaders and base p...
 
 

News Briefs September 26, 2014

CPTS closed The finance office is closed Monday and Thursday. It will be open regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 1st Lt. William Liaw at 623-856-6035. Comprehensive Airman Fitness Comprehensive Airman Fitness Training is Oct. 14 through 16. It is a three-day course for Airmen...
 
 

Thunderbolt of the Week

Senior Airman Jordan Provencher-Olaes 56th Communications Squadron Network infrastructure technician   Hometown: Chandler, Arizona Years in service: Two Family: Parents, Bridget and Rustico Olaes; brothers, Devon and Ethan Provencher Inspirations: My parents gave me the strength and courage to strive in all areas of life; CS leaders’ mentorship has inspired me to be the very...
 

 
Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett

POW/MIA day commemorated at Luke

Airman 1st Class Cory Gossett Members of the 56th Fighter Wing Honor Guard perform the folding of the flag at the conclusion of the POW/MIA retreat ceremony Sept. 19 at Luke Air Force Base. A warm, breezy late summer afternoon ...
 
 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

Luke Air Force Base held a ceremony to honor America’s prisoners of war and missing in action Sept. 19. There are 83,189 personnel still unaccounted for from conflicts dating back to WWII, according to the Defense Prisoner of War and Missing Personnel Office. These numbers represent countless American families who grieve because they do not...
 
 
Senior Airman Grace Lee

TAP changes to better prepare Airmen for civilian life

Senior Airman Grace Lee Dawn Reynolds, American Veterans representative, speaks to a Transition Assistance Program class. The Luke Air Force Base Airman and Family Readiness Center Transition Assistance Program has recently und...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin