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)
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – A new light bulb designed to reduce energy consumption gets installed here Feb. 9. 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/Airman 1st Class Nathan L. Maysonet)
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – One of the new sign posts designating the low emissions and fuel efficient vehicle parking recently opened at the education center here. The four new spaces are the latest investment by the 47th Civil Engineer Squadron to make the education center certifiable under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design guidelines. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nathan L. Maysonet)
A sprinkler head prepares to activate on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 29, 2013. To conserve water, the 47th Civil Engineer Squadron began to only irrigate the priority roads on base. The base's water coverage was decreased from 300 to 60 acres, saving the base thousands of dollars each year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike)
Grass grows greener along priority roads such as Liberty Drive thanks to a new watering strategy developed by the 47th Civil Engineering Squadron here at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 29, 2013. The plan cuts water usage and costs by reducing coverage from 300 to 60 acres, focusing on 30-foot sections of grass along roadsides. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike)
Little remains of building 358, the base’s old fitness center, after construction crews demolished and cleared the site of rubble at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May 10, 2013. The old fitness center was replaced by a new facility, and the decision was made to destroy the old gym as part of the Air Force’s goal of reducing overall utilities and maintenance costs by 20 percent by the year 2020. Laughlin has selected 24 buildings, whose original work centers can be consolidated elsewhere, for demolition, saving $377,000 annually as part of the cost conscious culture. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Jimmie D. Pike)
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 https://www.facebook.com/LaughlinAirForceBase.