Energy conservation starts with you

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Both the Department of Defense and the U.S. Air Force have mandated extensive energy conservation goals and activities to reduce the utility costs that are not invested in infrastructure, personnel or warfighting.

Each day, Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station combine to spend approximately $40,000 on utilities (electricity, gas and water). No matter how you look at it, that's significant money, especially in times like these.

So, about one year ago, the 45th Space Wing implemented our own Energy Awareness Program. Our goal back then was to reduce energy consumption by 10 percent, which would result in a savings of about $2.4 million annually.

The good news is we are doing a better job - we are on track to meet our mandated energy reduction goals. The bad news is we are being asked to do even more. However, is it really "bad news"? Not when you take into account the strategic importance of energy conservation for our earth!

Like so many other things around the 45th Space Wing, energy conservation starts with you. I am asking you - all of you - to be an agent of change.

When it comes to energy, sometimes it's just the "little things" that can really add up, and you probably already do the very same things in your own homes. Turn off unused lights and fans ...maximize natural daylight ...keep doors and windows tightly closed when the air conditioner - or the furnace - are running.

Look for ways that your organization can save energy and share your best practices with other Sharks and mission partners! I am asking all Sharks to develop a new "energy conscious" mindset - I think we'd be amazed at the difference we could make! Saving energy is not just good for the environment; it's good policy for us, and good for our collective pocket books. Funds not spent on utility costs could more than likely be re-invested - right here - in our quality of life programs, weapons systems or research development.

I have no doubts whatsoever that we - as in you - will rise to the occasion once again. It's just what you do - time and time again.

And hey, one more thing ...hit the light on your way out the door. Thanks again. Go Sharks!