Creating a 'Greener' NSASP - Small Steps Equal Big Savings

Story Number: NNS160203-17Release Date: 2/3/2016 3:09:00 PM
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By Barbara Wagner, Naval Support Activity South Potomac Public Affairs

DAHLGREN, Va. (NNS) -- Like many large corporations looking to cut costs and create a more energy efficient work space, the U.S. Navy, including Naval Support Facilities Dahlgren and Indian Head, are working towards a 'greener' footprint.

With that in mind, Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) Energy Manager Kathryn Simpson and her team are focusing on small changes that create a big impact around the installation, and recent funding is helping to make that possible.

Naval District Washington (NDW) was the recipient of Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP) funding for the second time ever. That funding will allow NSASP Energy to make the P-231 Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF) housing area and the main building on Naval Support Facility (NSF) Indian Head more energy efficient.

"This is very exciting news for us, we are going to be doing what we call an 'Envelope Energy' project at P-231," NSASP Energy Manager Kathryn Simpson said.

The actual execution of the project will be in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and is being funded in FY16 for the planning portion of the project.

"One of the really nice things about a project like this is that not only will it save us a substantial amount of energy, it will also improve the habitability of the spaces," Simpson shared.

The Energy Envelope project for P-231 will focus on improvements in the energy efficiency of the buildings with energy efficient windows and exterior materials, motion-activated lighting, and putting low-flow sensors on all of the water faucets and shower heads.

"One of the things I have learned since arriving in August is that there are concerns about the overburdened aquifers that cover most of Charles County including NSF Indian Head," Simpson said. "The more that we can reduce our usage of the aquifer, the more water that leaves for the rest of the usage. Being a good neighbor and saving energy is a win on all accounts."

These small changes, in addition to other major energy infrastructure projects, will be addressed in the coming months. This will also include the NSF Indian Head water systems and is only a small portion of the changes that are being introduced.

Energy auditors are currently conducting inspections of structures in and around both NSF Dahlgren and NSF Indian Head, identifying other ways that the command can continue reducing energy consumption and create a greener working environment.

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