Hill Air Force Base — I am Air Force Energy is the theme for October, Energy Awareness Month. During the month, the Hill Energy Office will host a variety of events designed to educate, train, and communicate across all organizational structures the critical nature of energy conservation.
Energy Awareness month was established in 1991 by President George H. Bush to promote public understanding of our country’s energy needs. Government organizations, businesses, and citizens across the nation engage in energy awareness activities in efforts to bring about change.
Air Force operations and missions require a tremendous amount of energy and are the largest consumers of energy in the U.S. federal government. In a combined effort to reduce energy consumption, the Air Force has established the theme and a plan. The theme “I am Air Force Energy” refers to every installation, and calls for individuals connected to the Air Force to do their part to reduce energy. The Air Force Energy Plan is built upon three pillars that guide energy management within the Air Force. Each pillar of the plan represents areas of energy use. The three pillars are: Reduce Demand, Increase Supply, and Culture Change.
Department of Defense installations and the organizations within them have long been operating under the tightest of cost constraints and there is continued pressure to “do more with less.” The recent rise of the debt ceiling and its subsequent budget cuts bring fiscal challenges that are unprecedented. During these times of uncertainty, individuals, organizations, and installations need to seek ways to operate more efficiently keeping focus to reduce the demand on energy, and water consumption.
The success of Hill AFB has not come easily. For 67 years Hill Air Force Base has conquered formidable tasks by men and women in military and civilian work roles. In this spirit the Hill Energy Office is aggressively pursuing methods to achieve the goals set forth by the Air Force and Presidential Executive Orders. Reductions in energy demand, integrations in energy saving practices, and an All-In commitment can accomplish this challenge. We ask everyone to make energy a consideration in all you do.