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Minnesota National Guard
Energy Efficiency Challenge Working Well

Minnesota National Guard The Minnesota National Guard’s Energy Efficiency Challenge, 2nd quarter results are in The challenge started April 1, 2014 and is open to all armories Some have really been standing up to the challenge  Alexandria and Long Prairie armories are in the lead with a 29% reduction with Detroit Lakes right behind them at 27%

“The Energy Challenge has raised the level of awareness within each building to a level that we have not seen for years,” said Col Larry Herke, construction and facilities management officer, Minnesota National Guard  “Results from the first two quarters are encouraging  We are averaging almost 5% energy reduction from last year during the same period”

Facilities which decrease energy usage by 3% from the previous year baseline will receive a recognition award The facility with the greatest usage reduction may be eligible to receive an energy efficiency facility upgrade The challenge is for one year and will be evaluated after the fiscal year 2015 first quarter

The Minnesota Army National Guard is required to reduce energy by 3% annually based on Federal Executive Order; this falls in line with the Minnesota National Guard adjutant general’s priority of sustainable infrastructure

“I am very confident that we will exceed the 3% goal for the year because we have some terrific facility managers that are focused and engaged on the way that they operate their facilities,” said Herke

“Looking ahead, it is of utmost importance that we continue to build our environmental programs and improve the sustainability of our facilities,” said Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, Minnesota National Guard adjutant general “Deliberate efforts to reduce energy consumption, manage natural resources effectively and minimize waste are essential toward our ability to sustain our capabilities into the future and remain good stewards of our limited resources and the environment"

The winter cold is here and so is the time of the year for the highest energy consumption To continue decreasing energy usage the Facilities Maintenance Office has some recommendations

 Tips to reduce energy consumption:

·  Check regularly with other building occupants about their comfort- noting any problems regarding drafts, mold or mildew, humidity, or uncomfortable temperature

·  Are there parts of your building that are not occupied during the week or weekend? If so, we may be able to set back the temperature in these areas to conserve energy

·  Periodically check exterior doors and windows to reduce infiltration which may occur from cracks around doors, windows, and the shell of the building

·  Make sure exterior doors and windows are closed Sometimes signs help to remind occupants to close doors after use

·  Portable space heaters are energy hogs! These heaters suck up a lot of amps, are dangerous, and place a large load on the already taxed building electrical system If space heaters are being used, consider a campaign to retire them

“Facility managers at the armories need to stay engaged in the way their facilities operate,” said Herke  “Know your facilities and take appropriate action when portions of your facility are not required  When something is wrong in your building, submit a customer request in AiM to get it fixed  Lastly, keep your building maintenance supervisor appraised of changes in your building schedules so we can continue to set-back your facility during non-use periods”

For more information on the Energy Efficiency Challenge read the February 21, 2014, article “Minnesota National Guard Challenges Service Members to Save Energy

Nov 27, 2014
Story and photos by Army Staff Sgt Johnny Angelo
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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