KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany -- Conserving natural resources ensures Army readiness, and during October's Energy Action Month, focus is placed on resource management now and throughout the year.

"Energy Action Month reminds everyone that energy and water are key to the Army's mission and our everyday lives. Energy should be used wisely and responsibly," said Maria Meyers-Delay, U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz Directorate of Public Works environmental engineer. "During the month, we are encouraged to look at various ways to save energy and water."

Last year, the USAG RP spent $41.7 million on thermal energy and electricity for the 29-site garrison. By mindfully conserving energy, users can bring the amount down -- saving natural resources and funds.

Energy is vital for the Army to perform its mission and support global operations said, Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham, U.S. Army Installation Management assistant chief of staff.

"The Army's first priority is readiness -- ensuring that our Soldiers have the tools and training they need to be lethal and ready to fight, survive and win," Bingham explained. "Readiness involves a Total Army force effort, to include the work accomplished through Army energy programs and professionals."

Last year, the Army spent $1.1 billion on energy, and by making wise, energy-informed decisions "we possess the power to be energy resilience champions. Renew your commitment to energy security," Bingham said.

Natural resources are limited, and more people around the world are competing for those resources. Energy is still largely generated from non-renewable natural resources, producing pollutants that have a negative impact on the environment. The less energy people use, the less impact the production of energy has on the environment. Limited non-renewable resources are expensive and so are renewable energy technologies, which drives energy costs up continuously over the years.

That's why it's important to treat our environment with care and respect by using resources wisely. With everyone's mindful and persistent energy management, USAG RP will be better equip to support warfighters and families, Delay said.

"The less energy the Army needs to achieve its mission, the more flexible, strong and resilient it will be," she concluded. "Army leaders should make energy conservation part of their mission year around. Good energy conservation habits can be achieved through continuous effort, awareness and benefits, not only for active duty-Soldiers and DOD civilian employees, but also their families at home."