Conserve Energy When Decorating for the Holidays

“Sailors Encouraged to Conserve Energy and Share Energy-Saving Tips Online

By Andrea Lamartin, Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy & Environmental Readiness Division released a video podcast Nov. 23 for the 2011 holiday season.

In the podcast, Rear Adm. Phil Cullom reminds viewers that while decorative lighting is an enjoyable part of celebrating the holidays, it presents two avoidable factors that can degrade Navy readiness: the energy intensity of outdated lighting and safety issues that can result from these systems.

Cullom presents challenges in the categories of lighting, recycling, and safety. He recommends upgrading to energy efficient holiday lights by using solar lighting to decorate outdoors, employing lighting timers to reduce holiday lighting energy consumption, and using recycled materials to wrap gifts. Year round, he suggests turning off computers at the end of the work day to conserve energy. From a safety standpoint, he encourages personnel to exercise caution with space heaters and avoid overloading electrical circuits.

Cullom invites Sailors and civilians to post holiday energy-saving and safety tips from their ships and bases on the Navy’s Task Force Energy Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/NavalEnergy. This presents a great opportunity for Navy personnel to share their knowledge and hands-on experience to improve readiness, conserve energy, and safely celebrate in the holiday spirit.

The complete video message can be viewed at http://youtu.be/9rtIXx7p7Js, and a written transcript is available on the Navy’s Energy, Environment, and Climate Change website at http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/files/2011/11/NavyEnergyHolidayTranscript1.pdf.”

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