Kadena needs a Power Nap

by Airman 1st Class Stephen G. Eigel, 18 Wing Public Affairs
Kadena Air Base

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan  -- Part of being in the military includes many benefits for members and their families, and to many military member living on a military base is one of them.

Living on a military installation has many benefits of its own such as not having to pay household energy bills, but the money for those bills has to come from somewhere and that's where "Power Nap" comes in.

"Almost 50 percent of Kadena's electricity costs come from base housing," said Michael Gilbert, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron Kadena energy manager. "That cost estimates close to $40 million every year, and it is on the rise."

In the summer months of June through September Kadena is charged more for the energy it uses during peak hours. The peak hours are during the hottest time of day, from 1 to 4 p.m. and occur on a daily basis. With an average cost of $6000 per home every year, Kadena can drastically reduce the costs of that bill by reducing energy usage during that time.

"Reducing the amount of energy we use by just three percent during 1 to 4 p.m. could save (Kadena) more than $200 thousand a month," Gilbert said. "The single biggest household energy consuming item other than the air conditioner, is the dryer; running your dryer heats up the house which makes the, already running, air conditioner kick into overdrive to try to compensate for the heat the dryer gives off.  

With only two months left of the "Power Nap" campaign it is especially important for everyone to reduce energy where they can and help save the government money.

Gilbert said it is important to conserve energy year round, but in the summer months it's especially important to do so from 1 to 4 p.m. not so much to save energy but to save cost. Saving energy during those times would reduce energy costs for Kadena drastically.

Here are some tips to help you conserve energy year round.

- Keep doors, windows and curtains closed to help reduce the loss of cool air

- Cook and do laundry in the morning or evening

- Before leaving for vacation, unplug all electrical devices

- Do not dry clothes between 1 and 4 p.m. 

- Turn electronics off when you are not using them        

- Set thermostats at 76 degrees during the day in accordance with base policy

- Set thermostats at 80 degrees when on vacation off island

- Turn off vent fans, these pull conditioned air outside

- Turn off lights during the day and night when not needed

- Make sure outside lights are off during the day

  For more tips on how to save energy and energy awareness, check out the Kadena Facebook page and website and don't forget to "Power Nap" from 1 to 4 p.m. daily.

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