Energy Action: Individual Responsibilities

Monday, October 26, 2015

What is it?

October is Army Energy Action Month. This year’s theme is “Energy Action Today = Resiliency Tomorrow.” Resiliency is the ability to anticipate, prepare for, withstand, and adapt to changing conditions. Soldiers, civilians and Family members can take action to ensure the advancement of sustainability for the warfighters on the battlefield and on the installations, making the Army more resilient in any mission.

What has the Army done?

Examples of individual actions that Army Soldiers, civilians, and Family members can take to ensure sustainability and resiliency include:

  • -Install programmable thermostats and schedule with occupied and unoccupied temperatures
  • -Avoid using appliances (dishwashers, washers and dryers) during peak demand times and purchase ENERGY STAR; products when possible
  • -Wash clothes in cold or warm water, instead of hot water
  • -Replace incandescent bulbs with LED lights for greater life-cycle savings
  • -When possible, use laptop computers – they consume 90 percent less energy than standard desktops
  • -Office equipment (scanners, copy machines, faxes, printers) can be programmed with sleep modes to activate automatically when not in use

What does the Army have planned for the future?

Through an ongoing emphasis to build upon lessons learned through successful management of energy and other resources, the Army works toward achieving energy resiliency on installations through sustainability.

The Army will continue to deploy energy security and sustainability strategies, built upon the principle of resiliency, which will enhance the Army’s adaptability to rapidly deploy, fight, and win whenever and wherever the national interests are threatened.

Why is this important to the Army?

Advances in the Army’s energy security and sustainability posture ensures the Army remains the most dominant land force in the world now and in the future. By taking the actions listed above, we are working toward energy security and sustainability strategies today built upon the principle of resiliency that will enhance the Army’s abilities on the battlefield. This functionality is critical to the Army’s ability to rapidly deploy, fight, and win whenever and wherever our national interests are threatened.

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