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Schriever recognizes Energy Action Month

To commemorate October’s Energy Action month, the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron’s energy management team is challenging Team Osan to utilize best practices in efficient energy usage to enhance mission capability and readiness. During Energy Action Month, the Air Force will emphasize the need for smart energy solutions and inform Airmen, Air Force senior leaders, policy makers and aligned organizations about what they can do to effectively distribute, generate, and manage resilient and reliable energy across the enterprise. (Courtesy photo)

To commemorate October’s Energy Action month, the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron’s energy management team is challenging Team Osan to utilize best practices in efficient energy usage to enhance mission capability and readiness. During Energy Action Month, the Air Force will emphasize the need for smart energy solutions and inform Airmen, Air Force senior leaders, policy makers and aligned organizations about what they can do to effectively distribute, generate, and manage resilient and reliable energy across the enterprise. (Courtesy photo)

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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

October is Energy Action Month, a national campaign focusing attention on energy and water saving activities – and as a major energy user, Schriever Air Force Base is doing its part to conserve energy.

The theme for 2019 is “Energy Able…Mission Capable,” which serves as a call to action for service members to practice energy efficient habits in their daily lives, according to Abe Irshid, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron energy and utility manager.

“While efforts may seem small, energy saving choices can have big impact across the Air Force,” he said.

One of the ways Airmen can put energy efficient habits to practice, especially with cooler weather approaching, is to start thinking of ways to save energy.

“Now is the perfect time to focus on saving energy,” Irshid said. “October is a time to not just be aware, but to act.”

Irshid pointed to the three steps of optimizing facility energy use:

  • Use the right light for the job.
  • At the end of the day, power down your space.
  • Inform maintenance if you notice drafts, air leaks or heating, ventilation and air conditioning issues.

Stephen Cooper, 50th Contracting Squadron quality assurance manager and 50th Space Wing Headquarters building facility manager, said even small actions by Team Schriever employees helps strengthen the security and resilience of our base infrastructure.

“Everyone plays a role in energy efficiency,” Cooper said. “From turning off the lights to minding water usage in their respective facilities.”

Energy Action Month is designed to increase attention to energy use and develop energy efficient behaviors that will continue throughout the year. 

“Although October is the official energy month, our goal is for efforts to continue long after October has ended,” Irshid said.

Submit your ideas on how Team Schriever can take action to save energy to 50sw.energy@us.af.mil.

 

Editor’s note: Abdelwahab Irshid, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron energy and utility manager, contributed to this article.

 

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