Post takes action to conserve
Story by: Jessica Healey
1ST INF. DIV. POST
Editor's note: This is the third installment of a four-part series about Energy Action Month.
Fort Riley has taken many measures to conserve energy on the installation.
"Fort Riley has put many changes in places to become more energy efficient," said Norm Zuercher, energy branch chief, Engineering Division, Directorate of Public Works. "These changes include not just energy efficient construction and retrofits, but also guidance for those of us who work and live on Fort Riley, such as the commander's recent policy on thermostat set points.
"At Public Works we plan to continue to take action to increase the energy efficiency of our facilities, and we hope that all of you will help do your part by taking action to conserve in your daily lives as well."
Some of the changes implemented in garrison work buildings include installing high-efficiency interior lighting with automatic controls on numerous facilities, expanding the Energy Management Control System, keeping thermostats set at 68 degrees in the winter and 78 degrees in the summer, turning off all monitors, printers and other office equipment at the end of the day, unplugging chargers when not in use, keeping overhead lighting turned off when necessary, and consolidating community appliances, like microwaves and refrigerators.
Zuercher said measures being taken at Fort Riley are working. In fiscal year 2012 energy costs were reduced by 33 percent, and the goal was only to reduce by 21 percent.
"(Energy conservation) is part of the normal process of many directorates here at Fort Riley, and they don't even realize they are doing (it). They are just trying to spend less money. Sometimes initial costs are higher, but it pays off in the long run," said Dan McCallister, energy program specialist, Engineering Division, Energy Branch, DPW.
"There's always something we can do to be more energy efficient," McCallister added.