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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Ft. Knox Shows How to Lower an Installation’s Energy Bill

  • August 14, 2011
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Through a combination of metering and energy management, Fort Knox, Ky., is saving an estimated $1 million per year on its energy bill.

The advanced metering system provides real-time data on energy usage for more than 6 million square feet of facilities, reported the News-Enterprise. Beyond allowing officials to spot buildings where usage is unusually high, the system can identify ways to cut usage during periods of peak demand.

Other technologies employed at Knox include energy-efficient lighting, heat pumps, and geothermal heating and cooling units.

On Thursday, Army Secretary John McHugh visited the post, and praised its personnel for carrying out energy policies that are “light years” ahead of most installations. Knox also was awarded its eighth consecutive Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management award last week. It earned the award in the innovation and new technology category.

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