Selfridge Reaps Energy Savings

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Energy savings rebates at Selfridge Air National Guard Base are not only helping the base to save money, but making it a bit more green every year.

The 127th Wing's Civil Engineer Squadron, which manages the physical property of the base, received $126,641 in energy rebates from utility companies in Fiscal Year 2013 and stands to collect about $53,000 in Fiscal Year 2014 due to a series of ongoing energy efficiency projects around the base.

Much of the money received during FY14 will be used to help fund another new project, installing more energy efficient lighting system in several of the aircraft hangars on the base. Among other advantages, the new $211,000 lighting system will have variable settings and ambient light sensors to allow the lights to operate at a lower power setting, even turning off some lights, on bright, sunny days. The new approach is known as "daylight harvesting," said Shannon Bergt, the 127th Wing's energy manager.

The new lighting systems, coupled with past installations of "smart" electric and water meters and other diagnostic tools, allow base engineers to pinpoint and correct problem areas.

"Now we are better able to prioritize our work, based on where we can realize the most savings," Bergt said.

Among other projects, the base is also beginning a recycling program for fluorescent light bulbs, which is expected to result in $1,400 in net savings.

Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operations Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which is also home to units of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection.