By Cam Betz, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- Navy Region Europe, Africa, and Southwest Asia (CNREURAFSWA) and Naval Facilities Engineering Command Europe Africa Southwest Asia (NAVFAC EURAFSWA) are taking big steps to change the culture of energy consumption and reduce electricity usage by hosting a competition, Energy Biggest Loser, among the Navy Installations in their area of responsibility (AOR) for the month of July.
Electrical consumption data will be compared for a 31 day period, July 2013 compared to July 2014, for all facilities. The installation that has the greatest percent reduction in electrical consumption from the previous year will be declared the winner.
"The Energy Biggest Loser contest will allow leaders on every level of the Navy Region Europe Africa Southwest Asia team to involve team members, communicate energy saving techniques, and reinforce energy conservation actions," said Rear Adm. John Scorby, commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia. "These efforts reflect our commitment to the Navy's goals set forth by the Secretary of the Navy."
Through sharing everyday simple acts and educating personnel on hidden energy drains, this event will challenge and incentivize the installations to continually reduce annual electrical consumption.
Simple acts include turning off lights and unplugging devices not in use, recognizing that in some spaces daylight is more than adequate for work and maintaining a sustainable energy environment.
The installations with Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) installed will use the data to assist energy management staff in measuring the impact of these simple acts and show personnel the impact of what a little extra effort from everyone can do and save.
"What we are learning is that a combination of technology and culture has a force multiplying effect on energy savings. Technology helps us understand where energy is being used and improves our demand side management. But, information without the will to act limits what we can achieve," said Capt. Robert McLean, NAVFAC EURAFSWA commanding officer. "A positive, engaged energy culture allows us to fully leverage these tools to modify our operations and behavior. "
Energy bills are the single largest cost for Navy installations, reflecting about 28 percent of Navy's shore budget. Reducing energy costs can free up scarce budget dollars to support training and fleet operations.
"As members of the Navy team, conserving energy is not something we do in addition to our job; it is part of our job and should be part of our everyday lives. The Energy Biggest Loser contest will help remind us of this responsibility," said Scorby. "Energy we save results in more money available to support the fleet, better use of taxpayer's money, and more money in our personal bank accounts."