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Team Luke No. 1 in energy savings - again

Posted 10/14/2011   Updated 10/14/2011 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Ronifel Yasay
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

10/14/2011 - LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The Air Education and Training Command named Luke Air Force Base winners of the Energy Reduction Award for the second year in a row.

"Luke Air Force Base reduced water intensity by 34 percent, energy intensity by 6.2 percent with an overall 9 percent intensity reduction to beat Sheppard (AFB, Texas,) and Tyndall (AFB, Fla.,)" said Tech. Sgt. Ricardo Vera, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron energy program specialist.

There were many efforts that contributed to Team Luke leading the way. The 56th CES Asset Management Flight implemented and completed numerous projects and programs.

1. Delamping; identified over-lit areas in facilities and removed excess lighting while maintaining the Illuminating Engineering Society criteria standards.

2. Energy audits to identify inefficiencies throughout facilities; these are rectified in-house by the 56th CES Operations Flight.

3. Outreach programs that include the First Term Airman Center and attendees of wing orientation briefings as well as energy awareness month and an annual energy fair. This program is designed to inform Luke's Airmen the importance of energy conservation and develop a culture change across the wing.

4. Energy efficient upgrade projects on the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems on 23 facilities.

5. The 56th CES heating, ventilation and air conditioning shop has implemented precise energy management control system scheduling throughout the wing to perform the load shedding program without impacting personnel or the mission.

"AETC Energy Reduction Award is a direct reflection of Team Luke doing its part," Vera said. "Let's keep leading the way for AETC and win again next year."

The following are simple methods to conserve one watt, one drop and one degree:

· Turn off lights and ceiling fans when leaving the office
· Keep air-conditioning and heating at reasonable levels
· Turn off computer monitors at the end of the duty day
· Use task lighting instead of area lighting
· Report all excessive heating and cooling and water leaks to the facility manager.
· Make October Energy Awareness Month a period of extra emphasis in energy conservation.

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