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Energy awareness spreads through BX

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Bradley King, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron energy manager, speaks with patrons about energy conservation at the Base Exchange here on Thursday, Oct, 21, 2010.  October has been recognized by the United States government as Energy Awareness Month since 1991. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steve Bauer)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Bradley King, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron energy manager, speaks with patrons about energy conservation at the Base Exchange here on Thursday, Oct, 21, 2010. October has been recognized by the United States government as Energy Awareness Month since 1991. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steve Bauer)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An Energy Awareness Month display was presented by Vandenberg's energy managers at the Base Exchange here on Oct. 21.

Two of Vandenberg's energy managers, Bradley King and John Bly, spoke to patrons at the BX about the importance of energy conservation during the facility's peak lunch hours.

"Once a year, we make sure we focus our attention on energy awareness," said Mr. Bly, a resource efficiency manager. "In October, the focus is on training the base population by raising awareness on items such as the cost of energy, environmental impacts and ways people can use energy on base."

October has been recognized by the United States government as Energy Awareness Month since 1991. Each year government agencies have made conscious efforts to reduce wasteful energy consumption.

Taking even small steps toward energy conservation can have a large impact.

"Vandenberg's utility bill is approximately $24 million, so even saving 2 - 3 percent can make a big difference," Mr. Bly said.

The energy managers passed out energy saving information and free water bottles at the event.

"We passed out water bottles, so people would not generate more waste by buying multiple-individual bottles," Mr. Bly said.

For more information about Vandenberg's energy management program, or to submit an energy saving idea, call 606-0741.