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During "Energy Awareness Month" Air Force civil engineers are reminded to "Think Green, Build Green and Fly Blue." (U.S. Air Force graphic/Nick Medrano)
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Putting action behind energy awareness

Posted 10/3/2012   Updated 10/3/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal
27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs


10/3/2012 - CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M.  -- October is officially recognized as Federal Energy Action Month, and this year's theme is "I am Air Force Energy".

During the month, Air Force civil engineers are encouraged to "think green, build green and fly blue."

Airmen with the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., have begun implementation of the Automated Meter Reading System across the installation which will assist with determining energy use for critical facilities.

"The new system will allow us to remotely pull data from existing meters, saving time and manpower efforts," said Shaughn Gorman, 27 SOCES. "The transmitters will also give us oversight on gas and water usage, whereas we previously only monitored electricity."

The AMRS will help troops focus their efforts on high-frequency users and will ultimately help with finding new ways of conserving energy and cutting unnecessary costs.

"We will be able to pin point whether a particular building is using what appears to be excess energy," Gorman added. "Our people will then be able to compare findings over time and determine if the usage is cost effective."

The base will share energy trends and data collected with the Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency. From there, findings will be compared to other Air Force bases to determine which installation is being most energy efficient.

"All of this information will help form modeling," said Gorman. "The AFCESA will use all this collected data to see which bases are most efficient and how they are going about maintaining compliant levels. They will then be able to offer suggestions for other bases to help meet those goals and ultimately cut significant cost for the Air Force."



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