The U.S. Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) is responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of weapons systems, as well as research and development duties. As it is the largest Air Force command in that branch of the armed services, it consumes quite a bit of energy on a day-to-day basis. In a bid to reduce its consumption of electricity, the (AFMC) is undertaking a series of measures that will help lower costs by millions of dollars.
According to an official press release from the military agency, energy efficient power strips are being distributed to various AFMC branches. Once the initiative is fully implemented, it is expected to save up to $5.4 million over ten years, or roughly $540,000 per year.
Energy savings is achieved through a novel design that puts unused electronics into a "sleep" mode without actually turning off crucial hardware. Representatives from the AFMC, including Lt. Gen. Andrew Busch, vice commander of the agency, stated that this project is just one part of the military's comprehensive strategy to reduce utility costs.
"AFMC has been a leader in energy conservation and efficiency," Busch was quoted as saying. "From testing and developing synthetic fuels to winning international awards for waste reduction management – finding ways to be more 'green' and reduce energy expenditures by using technology like the smart strip will continue to be our priority."
These efforts are part of the U.S. Department of Defense's efforts to rein in costs, especially in light of the upcoming cuts to the nation's military budget. Additionally, you should keep an eye out for this type of power strip the next time you go shopping, as you can lower your own monthly expenditures and reduce your ecological footprint at the same time.