CHIÈVRES, Belgium -- October is Energy Action Month. This year's theme is "Energy resilience enables Army readiness."

The Army is working hard to secure critical missions on our installations by providing necessary energy and water.

This will not be easy, or free, but every one of you can help lowering the implementation cost. How? By decreasing our needs. The less we consume, the less we pay of course, but also the less backup we will need.

There are many things you can on a daily basis that will help decreasing the energy and water consumption, both at work and at home.

First of all, stop the waste! Make sure you are not wasting energy by turning off everything you are not using. Turn lights off when you leave the room, turn TVs and monitors off when you are not watching them, turn off or even unplug any appliance that is not being used. Most of appliances will keep using electricity in standby mode!

Energy Action Month also applies to water conservation. Turn off water when brushing teeth or shaving for example. Every little thing you save will decrease our overall consumption and so will decrease our backup needs. We need you to be energy resilient and to enable Army readiness.