NAFA Flips Switch on Energy Waste
In keeping with the U.S. Navy initiatives to save money and curb big spending, Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s installation energy management team has developed several programs to help save a few bucks.
The attainment of energy conservation is not only in response for the Navy to save money, but is a part of the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus and the President Barrack Obama’s initiatives.
According to GreenFleet.dodlive. mil, in 2009, SECNAV set up aggressive goals to reduce the Department of the Navy’s use of energy, dependency on foreign oil and to increase its use of alternative energy.
“The biggest program we have right now to help save money is the time lapse from turning on and off the heat and air,” said NAF Atsugi Installation Energy Manager Engineering Aide 3rd Class Jay Murphy. “I go around and make people aware of the Navy’s energy conservation plans and I do regular inspections on buildings making sure everyone is following instructions.” Everyone can help by doing a few simple things everyday such as turning off your lights when leaving a room, not leaving things plugged in, taking shorter and cooler showers, washing a full load of clothes instead of small loads and being mindful of your use of hot water, added Murphy.
As the IEM, Murphy conducts training for building and energy monitors and conducts a walk through of their work places showing them what it is that he looks for, what they need to watch for, and how to fill out their monthly report to him.
“I do energy audits and I research better ways to save energy or how other bases are using their energy programs to help save money,” said Murphy.
Other conservation measures found on NAF Atsugi include cutting down on the use of street lights, and reducing the hours of operation for different facilities like Bldg. 77 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
“We are trying to have meters put in every building so that we can accurately read the energy costs and spending of a facility.” said Murphy.
While Murphy and the installation energy management team are responsible for the base, everyone in the community can provide their ideas and of course do their part in saving energy.
For more information on how to save energy or to submit your own ideas on how the Navy can save, please click here and click on the energy tab.