Fort Bragg is more than a military installation. For all intents and purposes, Fort Bragg is a city, and the installation consumes a lot of energy to power daily operations. In fact, Fort Bragg’s annual energy cost is over $40 million.
The Fort Bragg Energy Management Program employs a variety of methods to conserve energy and increase energy efficiency on the installation and to assist the Army in achieving its goal of Net Zero – or producing as much energy as it consumes.
ENERGY CONSERVATION CAMPAIGN …
Fort Bragg maintains an assertive public conservation campaign to encourage responsible energy use. Personnel and residents at Fort Bragg have learned that simple practices can create profound impacts through various vehicles.
- The Green Boot Program
- The Building Energy Monitor Program
- Awareness initiatives
- Community events
HOW CAN YOU SAVE ENERGY?
- Extinguish the lights when you leave the room.
- Power down your computer and its peripherals when you are going to be away from your desk for an extended period of time and at the end of the duty day.
- Unplug electronics and appliances when they are not in use.
- Install a power strip or Smart Strip to reduce electrical load.
- Keep windows and doors closed when your climate control system is in operation.
- Use natural lighting when and where possible.
- Keep thermostats set at 78 degrees in the summer and 68 degrees in the winter in accordance with Army regulations.
- Change your light bulbs to compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) or light emitting diodes (LEDs). CFLs and LEDs consume only a fraction of the energy consumed by their incandescent counterparts.
- Set your water heater to a temperature of 120 degrees.
- Dress according to the weather conditions and the conditions in your home or office.
- Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry, and wash with cold water when possible.
- Buy Energy Star rated electronics and appliances.
- Use fans to increase air circulation, especially in the summer.
Even more great energy conservation ideas are available from the Fayetteville Public Works Commission!
Visit them here!
ENERGY METERS AND THE UTILITY MONITORING AND CONTROL SYSTEM …
The UMCS is a tool to conserve energy and protect financial resources. Selected facilities on Fort Bragg are metered and connected to a central server, where information on energy consumption is gathered, analyzed and distributed to facility occupants to raise awareness about power use and encourage efficient practices. The UMCS can also alert the Fort Bragg Energy Management Program in the event of equipment malfunction or failure – allowing for a proactive rather than reactive response to system maintenance issues.
ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES …
Initiatives such as central energy plants, microgrids and thermal energy storage employ state-of-the-art yet cost effective technologies to yield significant results – thus conserving fiscal resources for Fort Bragg and contributing to our energy security.
RENEWABLE AND ALTERNATIVE ENERGY …
Renewable and alternative energy sources such as photovoltaic panels, transpired solar collectors, solar hot water and ground source heat pumps are installed where they are life cycle cost effective at numerous facilities at Fort Bragg. These technologies save fiscal and natural resources, and they reduce our dependency on and use of petroleum.
FOR MORE INFORMATION …
Contact the Sustainable Energy Planner at 908.4790.