Air Force Academy Pushes Energy Efficiency

September 30, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

air force energy manageFrom August 2013 to August 2014 the US Air Force Academy reduced its electrical use by 3.3 million kWh.

The Academy invested in high efficiency lighting, installing about 1,250 LEDs throughout the base. The LEDs consume 40 percent less electricity at the same or higher lighting levels than high-pressure sodium fixtures. The Academy is in the process of installing 250 lights in base housing to complete the upgrade.

In April 2014, the 10th Civil Engineer Squadron initiated mock billings to educate Airmen and personnel on practical ways to reduce energy use. The bills show electric usage and electricity costs for each organization, allowing them to monitor use and employ operational changes to reduce consumption. As a result, there has been a three percent reduction among all buildings compared to the year before.

In addition, the Air Force Academy’s solar array (pictured), which occupies 41 acres of land on the Academy’s southeast corner, has produced 12.5 million kWh since it was activated July 1, 2011.

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