Potential Savings From Eliminating Unnecessary Central Air-Conditioning in Military Family Housing in Oahu, Hawaii

CED-81-91: Published: Apr 20, 1981. Publicly Released: Apr 20, 1981.

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GAO reviewed military housing operations and maintenance. The objective of the review was to determine what the Department of Defense's (DOD) present policy is on air-conditioning military family housing in Hawaii. Specifically, GAO set out to determine whether the Services identify the need for central air-conditioning in their family housing in Hawaii and whether savings were possible from eliminating unnecessary central air-conditioning in existing family housing units.

While DOD has changed its requirements to consider the need for air-conditioning on a case-by-case basis, GAO found that unnecessary central air-conditioning is still used in some family housing in Hawaii. Disconnecting and removing these unneeded air-conditioners could produce substantial long-term savings. Initial estimated net savings of $623,000 could be realized in the first year by removing unneeded units. Future year savings will rapidly approach $1 million annually.

Recommendation for Executive Action

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    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretary of Defense should direct each of the Services in Hawaii to identify what air-conditioning in their family housing inventories is unneeded and the number of units that could be disconnected and removed. Each Service should submit an engineering study of first-year savings and projected annual future dollar savings from reduced utility consumption and from reduced maintenance and replacement costs. The decision to eliminate air-conditioning should be based on these studies; where appropriate, the Secretary should direct that unnecessary units be disconnected and removed.

    Agency Affected: Department of Defense

 

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