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October 22, 2010

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Federal government celebrating Energy Awareness Month

Various federal laws, executive orders, and Department of Defense (DoD) and Installation Management Command directives mandate that federal facilities increase their energy security by conserving resources through reduction of water and energy usage while at the same time introducing renewable energy sources.

October has been designated as National Energy Awareness Month. The 2010 Federal Government’s Energy Awareness Month theme is “POWERING AMERICA; We’re On Target.” The theme depicts how, across the nation, federal agencies continue to zero in on energy targets to stimulate the economy, lower operating expenses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and achieve long-term energy and economic security.

In the same vein, the DoD celebration of Energy Awareness Month will have the theme “Empowering Defense through Energy Security.” This theme highlights how energy can serve as a force multiplier, providing range and endurance for U.S. forces. Improving the nation’s energy posture will enhance its combat capability in-theater and support at the DoD’s fixed installations. By working toward and achieving this goal, reliance on convoys can be reduced, enhancing troop safety and freeing resources to concentrate on the mission at hand.

The federal government is pointing the way toward energy security and renewed economic prosperity.

Investments in clean energy technologies are accelerating at an unprecedented pace. Replacing outdated vehicles with fuel-efficient hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles is transforming the federal fleet and automotive infrastructure; procurement of efficient products is reducing energy demand; constructing, operating, and maintaining high-performance buildings is tapping the power of efficiency and renewables. Collectively, these efforts are expanding industries, creating jobs, and positioning America at the center of a global economy for sustainable energy.

The Federal Energy Management Program’s (FEMP) frequently asked questions are helpful for getting ideas for energy awareness approaches and activities.

In addition, FEMP offers tips on how to save energy at the office, facility and in the home. And the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Savers Consumers Guide offers tips on energy efficiency and renewable energy.

For more information, contact the Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at 1-877-337-3463.

The websites are:
• frequently asked questions: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/energy_aware_faqs.html,
• office: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/energy_aware_oec.html,
• facility: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/energy_aware_fec.html,
• home: http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/energy_aware_hec.html,
• Energy Savers Consumers Guide: http://www.energysavers.gov/tips,
• EERE Information Center: https://www1.eere.energy.gov/informationcenter/,
• Online Contact Form: https://www1.eere.energy.gov/informationcenter/index.html#submission.

(Compiled with information from Installation Management Command and Federal Emergency Management Program. )

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