News>Don't forget to turn off the lights: Energy saving initiative starts at Aviano AB
Airman 1st Class Zac Rathburn, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems apprentice, inspects a parking lot light Feb. 24, 2014, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. The electrical systems shop will begin “Operation Right Lights” in mid-March, an energy saving initiative that will see to nearly 150 exterior lights being disabled. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann)
Tech. Sgt. Efrain Roldan, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems craftsman, gives Airman 1st Class Zac Rathburn, 31st CES electrical systems apprentice, two thumbs up while spotting him as he lowers his truck’s boom arm. The shop’s bucket truck helps electrical technicians reach great heights safely. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann)
by Staff Sgt. R.J. Biermann
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
2/25/2014 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- Beginning in mid-March, personnel from the 31st Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems shop will begin "Operation Right Lights," an energy saving initiative that will see to nearly 150 exterior lights being disabled to save the wing approximately $30,000 annually.
To complete this initiative the identified lights will be disabled in certain non-mission-essential areas, such as parking lots, streets, and various other locations on Areas 1, 2, C, D and F.
According to Master Sgt. Benjamin Ruiz, 31st Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems NCO in charge, every other light in select fixtures and every other street light in outlined areas will be disabled; so there will still be lights to illuminate all locations.
The 31st CES operations flight started discussing the idea nearly nine months ago. The program was approved by Brig. Gen. Jon Norman, 31st Fighter Wing commander, in late December.
"We wanted to get specific organizations involved to get it done right," said Maj. Scott Wallace, 31st CES operations flight commander. "We worked with the 31st Security Forces Squadron and 31st FW Safety office to identify several areas where outdoor area lighting may be reduced with little risk to safety and security."
The only thing the reduction will cost the wing is man hours.
To disable the lights, Airmen must locate each fixture's power feed and disable the power. They then must balance the power to each fixture to prevent any possible trips. Finally, they'll use their bucket trucks to physically access the lights and disable the power to the specific light within the fixture.
The project is scheduled for mid-April completion.