Energy Action Month: Smart choices benefit both you and the planet

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  • By Chad Kneisley, Energy Management Team
  • Engineering Division, 88th Civil Engineer Group

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – October is Energy Action Month, and one of the most pressing reasons to conserve energy is its impact on the environment.

The majority of our energy comes from fossil fuels, which release harmful greenhouse gases when burned. These gases contribute to climate change, leading to rising temperatures, extreme weather events and other environmental problems.

Resource depletion: Fossil fuels are finite resources. As we continue to consume them at an alarming rate, we are depleting these precious resources that are essential for our way of life. By conserving energy, we can slow down this depletion and ensure a more sustainable future for generations to come.

Economic benefits:  Energy conservation also has economic benefits. It reduces energy bills for households and businesses, freeing up resources for other important needs. Additionally, it stimulates the development of energy-efficient technologies, creating jobs and fostering innovation.

The following are tips for energy conservation:

  1.  Upgrade your appliances: Old appliances tend to be less energy efficient. Consider replacing them with Energy Star-rated appliances, which consume less energy and save you money in the long run.
  2.  Reduce phantom loads: Many devices continue to use power even when turned off, known as phantom loads. Unplug chargers, computers and other devices when not in use, or use power strips to easily disconnect them.
  3.  Optimize lighting: Switch to LED bulbs, which use significantly less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. Additionally, make use of natural light during the day to reduce the need for artificial lighting.
  4.  Improve insulation: Proper insulation in your home can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs. Seal gaps and cracks, insulate your attic and consider energy-efficient windows and doors.
  5.  Practice energy-efficient habits: Simple actions like turning off lights when leaving a room, adjusting your thermostat and using a programmable thermostat can make a big difference in your energy consumption.
  6. Support renewable energy: Consider using renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines if possible. These sources generate electricity with little to no impact on the environment.
  7. Advocate for change: Support policies and initiatives that promote clean energy and energy conservation at the local, state, and national levels. Encourage your community to take action as well.

Remember, energy conservation is not about sacrificing comfort or convenience; it is about making smart choices that benefit both you and the planet. By taking small steps today, we can collectively create a brighter, cleaner and more sustainable future for all.

During Energy Action Month each October, the Air Force highlights energy’s critical role in operations and mission continuity by encouraging smart use and management for installations, ground vehicles and aircraft.

With a theme of “Powering Possibility,” this year’s campaign reflects the Air Force’s forward-looking approach to energy innovation and powering the future force.