Energy conservation moves the mission forward


New boilers that were installed on base have an increased efficiency of 12 percent over older boiler Oct. 11, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The boilers use more efficient methods of heating a building and use less energy to produce the same results as older models. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)


Michael Liesveld, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron, explains how Buckley Air Force Base is evolving its methods and procedures in order to get the most out of power sources on base Oct. 11, 2017, on Buckley AFB, Colo. A push towards using more efficient ways of producing and using power makes Buckley AFB more prepared to maintain current missions and gives the base the capability to take on more missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)


A solar array farm, located near the flight line, produces close to 10 percent of total base power yearly Oct. 11, 2017, on Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The 460th Civil Engineer Squadron plans to expand the amount of solar panels on base due to the efficiency of the panels and the amount of sunlight Colorado gets. (US. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Luke W. Nowakowski/Released)


The Air Force Energy Flight Plan of January 2017 identifies improving resiliency, optimizing demand, and assuring supply as three priorities that need to be fulfilled in order to manage our energy.

                “The more energy we save, the more energy we secure for the future,” said Michael Bock, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron flight chief. “A large part of our national security depends on our energy security.”

                The month of October has been dubbed “Energy Action Month” by the federal government and is an initiative that looks to curb the consumption of energy. Through new innovative ways of producing energy, coupled with education on how to reduce the amount of energy organizations within the government use, progress is being made at Buckley Air Force Base towards more effective and responsible uses of resources within the federal government.

                “The new boilers are 94-98% efficient compared to the older boiler which were 75-82% efficient,” said Michael Liesveld, 460th Civil Engineer Squadron resource efficiency manager. The new boilers are smaller and take less energy to heat up, reducing the power needed to heat buildings.

                 Along with new more efficient boilers, the installation of solar panels and zero-scaping on Buckley AFB has reduced the amount of resources needed to conduct missions on base and eased the strain the base puts on the power grid.

                Since the initiative began in 2012, Buckley AFB has decreased its energy use by 10 percent per year. By reducing the cost of utilities, more capital can be spent on the mission. The installation continues to cut costs on energy and introduces an average of 10 projects per year that are focused on reducing the base’s energy consumption.

                Energy Action Month highlights the importance responsible consumption of energy is in enabling Buckley AFB’s mission of missile warning and defense and continued mission growth.