Fort McCoy News December 12, 2014

Tips for saving energy this winter

Winter is approaching and conserving energy becomes more important than ever.

The Directorate of Public Works offers the following energy-saving tips for the installation community:

• Temperatures in occupied facilities are to be maintained at 72 degrees Fahrenheit, plus or minus 2 degrees, during working hours and set back to 55 degrees plus or minus 5 degrees during unoccupied times per Army Regulation (AR) 420-1.

• Temperatures in warehouses and similar active working spaces should be 60 degrees, plus or minus 5 degrees, when occupied and 45 degrees, plus or minus 5 degrees, when unoccupied, also per AR 420-1.

• Small space heaters are prohibited per Fort McCoy Energy and Water Conservation Policy #14-01 without prior written approval of the Directorate of Public Works (DPW). Electricity to power these space heaters costs three times more than natural gas. The heaters also can be a safety hazard. Building occupants are expected to dress appropriately for local weather.

• Continuing issues with a facility's heating system or requests for assistance with programming thermostats should be forwarded to the DPW Work Order Control Help Desk at 608-388-4357 (H-E-L-P). Call the DPW Help Desk to report air leaks around windows or doors too.

• Keep doors and windows closed as much as possible, and keep shades and blinds open on south-facing windows to allow the sunlight to warm the area.

• The best way to conserve energy is to not use it in the first place. Consolidating activities requiring heated facilities into fewer buildings will allow DPW to shut down unnecessarily heated buildings altogether.

• Review your various operations and notify DPW if some can be moved together to free up space that can then be shut off.

• Year-round don't forget to turn off lights when leaving a room or area, even if only for a short period, and at the end of the day.

• Ensure exterior lights are off during daytime hours, and shut off office equipment (e.g. copiers, printing devices and fax machines) at the end of the workday.

• Ensure computer monitors and peripheral devices such as speakers, scanners and external drives are turned off when not in use and at the close of business.

• Ensure restroom fans and lights are off when unoccupied and at the close of business.

Many more tips for both work and home may be found at the U.S. Department of Energy website: http://energy.gov/energysaver/energy-saver.

(Source: Directorate of Public Works.)