MILLINGTON, Tenn. (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DoN) values energy as a strategic resource that is fundamental to executing the mission afloat and ashore, which is vital to increasing combat capability.
Every small change we make at the individual level helps us stay in the fight longer, refuel less and extend our operational reach; after all, that is what the Navy does.
Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South is taking significant steps to make changes to energy use. The building energy monitor (BEM) program, chaired by NSA Mid-South Commanding Officer Capt. Doug Walker, designates someone in every building on base as the BEM. They are responsible for maintaining and utilizing an individual energy action plan with specific goals for every facility on the installation.
The collective goal was to ensure each facility met or exceeded the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus' energy reduction goal of 3 percent per year.
From a micro-perspective, 3 percent savings on your home energy bill might equate to $6 or $10 per month or roughly $120 per year at best. On the installation wide scale, 3 percent reduction in our energy bill equates to a savings of $25,000 per month or annual savings of approximately $300,000.
"We met the goal," said NSA Mid-South Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Bobby Kendall. "The key point of that success is individuals making behavioral changes at their desk, in their own building, despite a historically cold winter. It's the result of building energy monitors taking personal responsibility. It's exciting results because energy action equals mission success."
In addition to the BEM program, the installation is taking other steps to improve energy efficiency and reduce typical energy use.
"We've installed solar water heater systems in several buildings that are performing above expectations," said Kendall. "We've increased our electric and hybrid fleet of vehicles to 33 and will continue to expand that program. Our solar carport produces enough energy to charge the fleet and even return energy to the grid. Also, working with the Renewable Energy Program Office, the installation is exploring the expansion of photovoltaic technology with the goal of reducing our energy bill by 50 percent."
From always turning off the lights at the end of the day or when someone is not in an office to turning off and unplugging unused equipment, understanding and awareness will lead to regular and habitual energy conservation.
"This installation is committed to reducing our energy footprint," said Walker. "Every Sailor and civilian working aboard NSA Mid-South understands the importance of instilling a culture of energy awareness. Everybody will play their part and take the steps necessary to make a significant impact on our energy consumption."
As an installation, every bit of energy that is not used fully supports the Navy's global mission and allows Sailors to focus limited resources on other aspects that matter; that means ships on station, aircraft overhead, reliable infrastructure and fully mission capable combat systems afloat and ashore.
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