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Team Kadena encouraged to take ‘power nap’ during summer months

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- It's that time again Okinawa: summer is coming!

As the rising heat and seemingly unbearable humidity approaches, air conditioners will begin working overtime in an attempt to keep housing units across Okinawa cool.

According to Richard Hayden, 718th Civil Engineer Squadron utilities manager, the cost of utilities has increased by 7 percent since 2011. This utility cost increase, coupled with an increase of energy consumption, translates to hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on energy; money that could be reallocated to the Air Force community.

In an effort to alleviate consumption and costs, the 18th Civil Engineer Group is once again promoting the "Power Nap" campaign. From the months of June through September, the Power Nap campaign will encourage military and family members to reduce their power consumption between the hours of 1-4 p.m., when energy is 20 percent more expensive.

Simple measures can be taken to reduce each family's consumption. For example, laundry can be done during the morning or evening hours, unplugging appliances when not in use, using energy efficient light bulbs, turning off lights during the day, and setting air conditioner units at a reasonable and steady setting. These small steps can save an estimated $150,000 each month in energy costs.

The Power Nap campaign saw a 6.4 percent decrease in consumption in 2012. This decrease totaled $1.7 million in cost avoidance, according to Mike Gilbert, Kadena's energy manager.

The success of the campaign could not only be attributed to the service members and their families taking steps to reduce their energy output, but also in large part to the role the Exchange played, Gilbert said. The Exchange set the example for the community by turning off their electronics section and explaining to customers that they were taking a "Power Nap." Many members of the Kadena community saw this, went home and followed suit.

This year, the wing and 18th CEG plans to have another successful Power Nap campaign by reducing energy consumption another 3 percent. This can be achieved by taking a few small steps every day, and by concentrating on power reduction from 1-4 p.m.

For more energy-saving tips, check out the Kadena Facebook page throughout the campaign.