Employees from Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island’s Fleet and Family Readiness, Morale Welfare and Recreation, Personal Property, Housing Referral, Disabled Veterans of America and the VA collaborated on efforts to reduce energy consumption at the base’s Nor’Wester facility during the third quarter of fiscal year 2016.
Those efforts led to a 30 percent reduction in energy consumption from the previous year according to Chris Taylor, the base Energy Manager. The selection of the Nor’Wester as the recipient of the third quarter competition resulted in the team earning a $10,000 check for facility improvements.
“I really love the way the Nor’wester building came together to support our Sailors,” said Wayne Short, NAS Whidbey Island’s Fleet and Family Readiness director. Utility savings in June was over $170 per day due to concentrated efforts to reduce consumption.
“The robust program of building checks at the end of each work day, responsive trouble calls and self-help projects, Green Team vigilance towards conservation and recycling, prudent use of power and increased attitude of teamwork and building ownership all contributed to their win,” said Jim Reynolds, Facility Manager.
As a result, for the year to date, utility costs are down by $53,000 on track to save over $60,000 this year. With a fixed budget, money not spent on utilities goes directly to support Sailors and Sailor families. As the winning command, the FFR received a check for $10,000 to be applied for building improvements, further increasing their ability to support the troops.