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Local utilities, 412th CE enlighten public on energy savings

Southern California Edison brought out its Mobile Energy Unit from Long Beach, California, which has home appliances within along with tips to lower energy costs at home. The unit has energy-efficient home appliances all powered by solar energy. The unit was part of Edward AFB's Energy Action Month, which wrapped up in the BX parking lot Oct. 28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

Southern California Edison brought out its Mobile Energy Unit from Long Beach, California, which has home appliances within along with tips to lower energy costs at home. The unit has energy-efficient home appliances all powered by solar energy. The unit was part of Edward AFB's Energy Action Month, which wrapped up in the BX parking lot Oct. 28. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

A representative (right) from Pacific Gas and Electric passes out promotional items Oct. 28 at the finale of Edwards AFB's Energy Action Month campaign. PG&E was joined by Southern California Edison, the 412th Civil Engineering Group and the Exchange during the event.(U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

A representative (right) from Pacific Gas and Electric passes out promotional items Oct. 28 at the finale of Edwards AFB's Energy Action Month campaign. PG&E was joined by Southern California Edison, the 412th Civil Engineering Group and the Exchange during the event.(U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

The inside of Southern California Edison's Mobile Energy Unit offers examples of energy-efficient appliances and power-saving tips. U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

The inside of Southern California Edison's Mobile Energy Unit offers examples of energy-efficient appliances and power-saving tips. U.S. Air Force photo by Kenji Thuloweit)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Energy Action Month at Edwards wrapped up Oct. 28 with a visit from local utilities Southern California Edison and Pacific Gas and Electric. The two power companies were joined by members of the 412th Civil Engineering Group who sponsored the event, and the Exchange, which showed off some energy efficient products.

SCE brought out its Mobile Energy Unit that the company uses to show the public ways to save energy around the house, from energy-efficient pool pumps to solar options and new appliances.

President Obama proclaimed October 2015 as Energy Action Month. The use of the word "action" continues the theme that people need to be more than just aware of energy, but to take action to conserve energy.

From unique power contracts that leverage the use of hydroelectricity generated along the Colorado River, to the energy management control system and thermal energy storage systems that shift energy consumption to low-cost evening hours, the 412th Civil Engineer Group has reduced energy consumption about 14.7% from the 2003 baseline and energy related costs by 28%.

However, to reach the goals set forth by executive orders and energy policy, 412th CE wants to remind everyone that Team Edwards must take action to reduce consumption. Small uses add up when considering the number of facilities across the installation. Please take action to conserve by turning off lights in unoccupied rooms and utilizing task lighting when feasible.