Story by Andrew Damstedt on 02/12/2018Naval Support Activity Bethesda finished second in Naval District Washington's "Energy Biggest Loser" Competition.
"I see it as a victory us coming in second place," said Lt. Josh Bly, NSAB's interim energy manager. "It's definitely a step in the right direction in reducing our energy consumption and raising awareness on base about energy conservation."
NSAB received $40,000 for its second place finish. The funds will be used for lighting upgrades on the installation, he said.
During October, which was National Energy Awareness Month, each NDW installation sought to reduce its electrical consumption from the previous month. NSAB's energy reduction came in second to NSA Annapolis.
"The Energy Biggest Loser competition promoted cultural and behavior change as well as facilitating energy education and communication throughout the fleet," said NSAB Executive Director Bill Meekins. "Energy conservation is the responsibility of everyone. With the austere budgets we have been facing in the Department of Defense, if we can achieve a marked reduction in energy consumption, more money will be available for other critical needs to ensure the defense and security of our country."
Bly pointed out that one of the biggest ways to reduce electrical consumption is to be mindful of temperature controls.
"When you need cooled air, if you don't set it as such a low level, your electricity demand will not be as high; and vice versa for the heating months, don't set heating points so high because that will also drive up your electrical consumption," Bly said.
Another way to save energy is to turn off lights when facilities are not in use.
"That's the biggest immediate impact we can have is monitoring our light usage, especially on the weekends when those office spaces aren't being occupied," he added.
In addition to lighting upgrades, Bly said future energy conservation projects include installing low-flow sink faucets and replacing the chillers at the installation's utility plant.