HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah — October is Energy Awareness Month where we recommit to strengthening our energy security and responsibly using our energy resources so that we can continue on our path towards energy independence and dominance.

The theme “Protect the Power” is a call to action for all members of the Air Force community to practice smarter, more efficient energy and water consumption, to enhance readiness and resilience.

Wise energy and water use plays a crucial role in energy resiliency and is the focus of the Department of Defense at all locations around the globe.

Energy resiliency ensures that our military has the ability to prepare for and recover from energy disruptions that impact mission assurance on military installations. It offers those affected by natural or manmade disasters the ability to resist the onset affects and the ability to rebound from such trials.

Religious uprising, political tension and civil unrest throughout the world is escalating at record pace and threatening our nation’s well-being.

America, being one of the world’s superpowers is a choice target for adversaries both big and small who are seeking to cause chaos and destroy the lives of the people, economy, and our government. Other threats that we face is the increase of violent storms, and natural disasters that ravage areas of our nation.

Energy is at the core of our national and economic security. Great strides are being made in renewable energy, electrical distribution equipment, infrastructure and technologies. Such advances are paving the way for our nation and military to prepare for and provide the critical defense for our nation.

At Hill Air Force Base, major resiliency projects are underway through the recently awarded Energy Savings Performance Contract supported by Energy Systems Group. Projects will increase the size of the base’s solar array that is currently producing 225 kilowatts and increasing output by an additional 3.55 megawatts of solar energy.

In addition, the installation of LED lighting, steam pipe insulation and other infrastructure improvements will be made across the base.

The following Energy Awareness Month activities are planned during October:

The Kilowatt Crackdown, an energy competition that began Oct. 1 will continue through Dec. 31. Airmen, civilian personnel and contractors are competing in the challenge to avoid energy waste, without affecting the mission.

A Senior Leaders Lunch & Learn will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Oct. 11. Base senior leaders are invited to attend and can RSVP by calling 801-777-5419.

An Energy Awareness Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Hill AFB Exchange where new energy saving tips will be shared.

Years ago, the practice of saving energy was to turn off your lights and squint a little more. However, technology has changed energy efficiency dramatically it’s no longer about sacrifice, but about using intelligent technologies so that we can use less energy.

During October, you can take advantage of the special food offers at the Exchange food court just for mentioning “Think energy…Act efficiently” to your cashier at checkout.

Watch for daily energy saving posts on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/ConserveWatts and Twitter @HillAFBNRG.

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