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LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – An Airman washes his hands here Feb. 9 using the newly updated faucets. Laughlin’s 47th Civil Engineer Squadron initiated a project to change faucets and light bulbs to reduce energy and water consumption. The project is estimated to save $75,000 annually. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Scott Saldukas)
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Laughlin "is" Energy Action Month

Posted 9/25/2013   Updated 9/25/2013 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Nathan Maysonet
47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

9/25/2013 - LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  -- October marks the beginning of the Department of Energy's Energy Action Month, a month the Air Force and its sister services have adopted to promote energy efficiency in day-to-day operations.

In following this year's theme, "I am Air Force Energy", Laughlin is continuing to promote the ideas, and practices that have placed Team XL ahead of the pack in developing plans and projects to reduce the base's water and energy use.

"Developing a long term culture of efficiency requires a sustained approach, which is why we take a month to educate and promote ideas and practices that further a cost conscious culture," said David Morin, 47th Civil Engineer Squadron base energy manager. "If we can save collectively, we can benefit from our savings collectively."

According to Morin, "I am Air Force Energy" is about getting airmen involved in making an impact. It's easy for people to write off an idea like energy efficiency if the problems and solutions are viewed as a "big" Air Force issue, explained Morin. This month helps bring the idea of saving energy to the individual.

"Without individuals involved we don't conserve anything," said Morin. "This whole idea and concept is about recognizing the roles, responsibilities and contributions people play in a cost conscious culture."

For Laughlin, the concepts of efficiency and conservation are not new. Since 2010, Laughlin has saved the Air Force more than $2 million, and in the last year, Laughlin has saved $806,000 through base conservation efforts and projects, placing Laughlin at the top of Air Education and Training Command's fight on waste.

Some of these projects and efforts include: upgrades to air conditioning units and heating equipment, upgrades to lighting systems, placing solar panels on roofs, efficient landscaping design, and the day-to-day conservation of Laughlin airmen.

"The Air Force has a long history of excelling and leading the pack with accomplishments of this sort and Laughlin sets the example," said Morin. "People take notice of what we have accomplished here and mimic what we do."

Throughout the month, tips will be posted through Laughlin's Facebook showing simple steps airmen can take in their jobs and homes to be more energy aware, and activities designed to teach more about energy reduction are planned.

"This month allows us to promote awareness and encourage individuals to action," said Morin. "It's Energy Action Month, and it's our chance to continue to lead and showcase energy and water conservation efforts."

Information on Laughlin Energy Action Month activities and energy efficiency tips will be posted on

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