WARNER ROBINS -- Robins Air Force Base employees have been welcomed to work throughout the month of October by pictures of a cartoon dressed in fatigues: Kill-a-watt.
“In the mornings, it’s more of a reminder that this is our hero, saying, ‘What will you do today to conserve energy?’” said Otis Hicks Jr., the director of civil engineering and a member of the 78th Air Base Wing.
On the final day of National Energy Awareness Month, Hicks told the media Monday the base has made steady progress toward better energy efficiency since a Department of Defense initiative began in 2007.
An executive order called for all bases to reduce energy intensity by 3 percent annually or 30 percent by the end of 2015. Intensity is measured by the amount of energy produced per square foot.
Hicks said the base has reduced its energy consumption by 2.5 percent during the past year. Hicks said he did not have the reduction rate since 2007. “We’re still a long ways away,” he said.
The base used about $26 million of energy last year, Hicks said. The sources of energy are primarily electricity and natural gas, but officials are exploring alternative sources, he said.
Until then, the base is making strides on every level, Hicks said. New and renovated buildings are given the most energy-efficient lighting and structures. Employees are encouraged to carpool, turn off lights when leaving the room, turn off engines in the parking lot and switch off computer monitors at the end of the day.
“We’re wanting to get the people involved, so they” can feel a sense of contribution to the effort, Hicks said.
Hicks said the base, as the largest employer in Middle Georgia, must set an example in energy efficiency for surrounding communities.
If a nearly 7,000-acre complex can conserve energy, he said, it shows residents they can, too.