Reducing utility bill saves base money

Saving energy at Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) saves money — and saving money saves jobs.

During these tough fiscal times, reducing utility costs is often overlooked as a great way to put funds back into the budget. Every dollar saved from a light turned off, a computer shut down, a leak fixed or a thermostat set a few degrees lower is a dollar that can be reallocated to operations and personnel. This means that every person at NBVC has the ability to affect how much money gets spent on utilities on base every day.

You can help or hinder the effort to reduce the Navy’s utility bill.

Right now, NBVC spends more than $10 million on electricity and gas annually to keep the lights on, the computers running and our operations functioning smoothly. This is a huge line item in the budget. Just think: Reducing this bill by only 10 percent could free up more than $1 million to be used elsewhere.

This highlights the best thing about our utility expense: We have the power to reduce it without hindering anyone’s job or the operation.

So, in tough fiscal times, let’s work to attack this line item first. Do your part to save energy and money.

Turn off your computer every night after work.

Turn off lights in unused rooms.

Ensure the heat and/or air conditioning is not running unchecked.

Notify the NBVC energy team or public works of any energy or water wasting issues.

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