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October is Energy Awareness Month

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- October is nationally recognized as energy awareness month.

The Federal Government is the nation's largest energy consumer. Each Airman, civilian or contractor can do their part to make the Air Force more energy efficient.

Here are some energy saving tips:

-- Get in the habit of turning off lights when leaving a room.
-- Turn off computer monitors, printers, copiers and fax machines at night and on weekends.
-- Use task lighting or day lighting when possible.
-- Print and copy only what's needed.
-- Make sure air conditioning and heating supply and return vents are not obstructed.
-- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
-- Turn off personal computers, televisions, stereos and other electronic devices when away.
-- Report energy waste including water leaks, building deficiencies and energy abuses to the building manager.
-- Take the stairs whenever possible.
-- Do not open windows with the air conditioning or heater running.
-- Wash and dry full loads of laundry. A washing machine uses an average of 55 gallons of water per load.
-- Wash clothes in cold water.
-- Thermostats should be set no colder than 78 degrees in summer and no warmer than 68 degrees in the winter.

For more information, contact Vandenberg's energy management flight at 606-8538.

(Article courtesy of Senior Airman Tong Duong)