Entries encouraged for Cannon conservation contest

By Caroline Ward: 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron

Interested in winning a bicycle? October is National Energy Awareness Month, and the Cannon Energy Program is hosting a contest open to active duty, dependents, civilians, retirees and contractors to contribute to this important endeavor.

Personal accountability is very important in creating the change in culture necessary to making a difference in the sustainability of our resources.

As an Air Force Special Operations base, it is our responsibility to conserve and protect resources so that our Air Commandos can continue to provide support to the United States’ efforts abroad and stateside.

For this reason, we are looking for your ideas. Basewide involvement is an important way we can ensure sustainability of our resources.

The Cannon Energy Team is asking for ideas for one, or both, of the following categories: Energy, water and fuels conservation and/or energy outreach and awareness.

Energy and water and fuels conservation ideas should incorporate ways the base population can reduce consumption of energy (electricity and natural gas), water, and fuels. Currently Cannon is undergoing a basewide motion sensor installation; these sensors turn lights off if they do not detect motion or noise in the room, saving energy by eliminating lights that are left on when the room is vacant.

Cannon has also completed a water pipe insulation project to prevent wasteful heat loss in mechanical rooms.

The base was just awarded funding to replace facility and parking lot lighting with higher-efficiency lighting. These projects combined are expected to save more than $650,000 annually in our base’s utility bills — money than can be used for various things such as mission operations.

Energy outreach and awareness ideas should incorporate ways the Energy Team can promote energy, water, and fuels conservation. This includes activities with children and adults to encourage them to be aware of the resources they use and what steps they can take to reduce their usage footprint.

During the month of October the Energy Team will run articles on www.cannon.af.mil, www.cannonconnections.com, hand out promotional items and information at the Base Exchange mall on Oct. 12 and engage in other similar outreach activities.

Idea submissions will be open from Oct. 1-21, at which time the Energy Team will evaluate the ideas and pick two winners based on feasibility and effectiveness of the idea.

Submissions should be realistic for Cannon to pursue and should include sufficient details for a general plan of implementation. Ideas with no explanation of the benefit to Cannon will not be considered.

Winners will receive a cruiser-style bicycle and will be interviewed and featured in a separate article following Energy Awareness Month.

Thank you for your participation and continued energy awareness efforts.