CFAY Energy Fair Promotes Awareness, Conservation

Story Number: NNS091030-04Release Date: 10/30/2009 6:40:00 AM
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By Fumiyo Sato, Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka Public Affairs

YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) and Japanese corporations came together to educate Sailors, civilians and spouses about energy conservation at an energy fair near the commissary in Yokosuka, Japan, Oct. 14.

Several Japanese vendors in the Kanto Plain, including Tokyo Gas and Tokyo Electric Company, joined the Navy Exchange (NEX) and the commissary at booths to promote energy-efficient products.

"The main purpose of the energy fair is to promote energy awareness and get people to realize that energy conservation is important and to actually take part in saving energy," said Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East Resource Efficiency Manager Michael Gabiga. "The Navy has mandates that recently passed through Congress and presidential and executive orders. They had the Energy Policy Act in 2005 and [Energy] Independence Security Act of 2007 that President [George W.] Bush signed. Most recently, President [Barack] Obama signed an executive order to keep track of greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the carbon footprint and saving energy ties into all those orders and acts."

A cogeneration power plant, which officially opened Nov. 12, 2008, plays a significant role in reducing the energy consumption in the CFAY community, where housing is the largest energy consumer.

"The cogeneration power plant helps energy conservation and reducing costs," said Fumio Asada, Tokyo Gas public sector sales section manager.

According to Gabiga, there has been a change in energy consumption since 2008.

"It has gone down," said Gabiga. "We've noticed the trend in housing and other activities on base, but there is more to be done."

CFAY Commanding Officer Capt. Daniel Weed encouraged attendees to take action to save energy consumption by offering a few suggestions to those in attendance.

"Things like don't leave water running when you don't need it, turn lights off when you leave the room and don't leave lights on during the day," said Weed.

During the energy fair, attendees had the opportunity to learn about new products, such as waterless toilets, electric cars, energy-saving lights and other items available at the NEX and the commissary.

"It was very interesting. I am glad that I saw this," said fair attendee rn Hrafusson, after seeing the water-saving faucet.

At the NEX booth, a representative introduced energy-saving light bulbs, concentrated laundry detergent that needs less water to clean, candles and other energy-efficient products.

"A lot of people aren't conscious about how simple it is to really conserve energy," said Angelique Adams, NEX associate development and customer relations specialist. "So as they stopped by, they go, 'I didn't know you carried this or I am familiar with that,' but I think that it brings to them, not only knowledge, but understanding of how simple it really is [to save energy]. I think it will bring more awareness if we continue to do it. It's a group effort everyone needs to be involved in; it benefits all of us in the end."

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