Take a Power Nap

  • Published
  • By Brig. Gen. James Hecker
  • 18th Wing commander
Team Kadena,

As we begin the hot summer months ahead, Kadena's electrical bills will be rising with the temperatures. Did you know that Kadena pays higher rates for electricity that is used between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. during the summer? For example, doing a load of laundry at 1 p.m. will cost us 20 percent more than doing that laundry at 5 p.m.

We need your help conserving energy whenever possible. From June-September and between 1-4 p.m. daily, please take a look around your home and turn off any devices not in use. In your office, turn off unneeded lights and use smaller task lighting to illuminate your desk. Commanders, where mission requirements allow, operations that demand high electrical consumption should be scheduled to occur outside of the 1-4 p.m. peak charge time.

Our goal as a wing is to reduce electrical consumption by 3 percent this summer. To do this, we need everyone's help from commanders to children; especially our family housing residents.

If successful, we can save nearly $1.5 million in energy costs. But we can only do this if we all take part in conservation efforts.

Again, please avoid using electricity during the most expensive time of the day and turn off items that are not in use.

If you have energy saving ideas, please share them with us on the Kadena Facebook page.

Remember, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., give your electronic items a "Power Nap!"