Environmental Exclusive: Electricity Conservation


One of the second and third-order effects of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has been a shift in base utility usage.

Teleworking and virtual schooling has resulted in a change to where and how base electricity is being used. Service members, civilians and families stationed in the Kaiserslautern Military Community should avoid unnecessary use of electricity when possible as individuals spend more time at home.

“Due to many folks staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, utility usage has increased in housing units and decreased at schools,” said Markus Schaaff, 86th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical engineer.

Ramstein Air Base’s energy use costs the U.S. Air Force money.

The installation’s electricity cost for fiscal year 2019 was $26.5 million, which equates to approximately $72,000 per day.