Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
at Fort McCoy will become more energy-efficient through a donation of
10,000 new compact fluorescent light bulbs.
Greg Shattuck of the McCoy Public Works Joint
Venture examines one of the compact fluorescent
light bulbs the installation will use to replace older
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Shattuck, a planner/estimator for the McCoy Public Works Joint
Venture, said the installation received the light bulbs from the Focus
on Energy organization.
on Energy, which is headquartered in Madison, Wis., is funded through
customer payments to local electrical utilities, he said.
on Energy used a large-scale group purchasing effort by many of its
customers to procure the light bulbs. The economies of making a mass
purchase, combined with the normal financial incentive Focus on Energy
can offer for the bulbs, allowed the bulbs to be offered free of
charge to the organizations involved.
one of the public-sector organizations told Focus on Energy it couldnít
use all the light bulbs it had ordered, Focus on Energy offered them
to other organizations it deals with.
worked out a request to get 10,000 light bulbs," Shattuck said.
"Figuring a cost in the $2-$3 range, that saved us about $20,000
new bulbs will be used throughout post buildings, he said. The bulbs
are the same kind people would buy and put in their home lighting
fixtures. Many of the bulbs also will be given to the Family Housing
program for use in South Post and the Woodridge Family housing.
Oslie, Fort McCoy Family Housing manager, said the Housing maintenance
personnel will install the bulbs as new occupants move into the
housing units and the old occupants move out.
will replace them during the general maintenance we perform before the
new occupants move in," Oslie said. "So it wonít cost us
any extra money or additional labor time to do this."
living in these facilities receive a basic allowance for housing,
which is used to cover basic utilities, such as electricity.
said that means the government also will save a great deal of money by
not having to purchase the lighting and realize large energy savings
the new light bulbs provide over the incandescent light bulbs they
the maintenance period between occupants, the Housing maintenance
staff also replaces shower heads with lower-flow shower heads and
accomplishes any other energy-efficient upgrades possible, Oslie said.
Focus on Energy organization is scheduled to conduct an energy audit
on the installationís various types of military housing and make
suggestions about other types of energy efficiencies that could be
obtained. Oslie said Housing plans to incorporate these
recommendations into its maintenance program, as possible.
Keck, who works for the Focus on Energy Schools and Government
Section, said he has done a lot of energy-conservation work with the
installation and is scheduled to conduct the energy audit on the
installationís housing units in February.
knew the installation could use the bulbs and have been very
aggressive in upgrading their facilities to reduce energy usage,"
Keck said. "These new light bulbs have to be used for first-time
installation, so we hope McCoy will replace these light bulbs with
energy-efficient bulbs when they eventually burn out. They save a
tremendous amount of electricity." "We also have and will
continue to help the installation get grants to do other
energy-conservation projects," he added. Focus on Energy has a
residential energy-efficiency program, as well, Keck said.
more information, which includes cost assistance with energy audits
and/or coupon discounts on energy-efficient light bulbs, call the
toll-free number at (800) 762-7077 or visit the Web site http://www.focusonenergy.com,