As Memorial Day approaches, the team at Liberty Power is reminded that we are all grateful for a country that supports imagination, entrepreneurship and innovation. We take some time to honor the fallen veterans that provided this freedom for us, and to thank all veterans, including those right here at Liberty Power. Without our country’s support for progress and independence (combined with a quite bit of hard work on our part), Liberty Power would not be here providing outstanding energy services to so many hard-working-deserve-a-break Americans. Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Energy Savings: That is our cause for celebration today.
But before you light up those weekend grills and pop a cold one this weekend, we just wanted to deliver a brief and much-deserved shout-out to our armed forces. Our military makes this nation of opportunity possible by fighting for our freedom and leading the way in energy conservation.
Did you know that the U.S. Army is taking bold steps to preserve energy and water use to strategically improve preparedness? Yep, it seems that technological advancements in energy conservation is a matter of national importance and we are grateful the Army is taking it seriously. Through advanced conservation efforts, the army ensures that they will always have energy access during critical missions. They also save some serious dollars in the process.
In 2016 alone, Shaw Air Force Base lead the charge and replaced diesel light towers with photovoltaic solar light cards (PSLCs), providing a minimum of 72 hours of energy without the sun! Who said solar power requires direct sunlight? We say, Let there be clouds. In the first phase of this project, the Army has already seen $6.6 million in savings, reduced 63,000 man hours (normally required for maintenance support) and saved 1.5 million gallons of fuel annually. These solar light systems are fully automated (unlike diesel towers which are manned), don’t produce waste AND reduce air pollution. Win:Win:Win.
U.S. Army stations across the country are following suit with similar cost and environmental savings initiatives and we could not be more thrilled to support their mission, especially this Memorial Day Weekend.
OK, you can get to grilling shortly. But before you do, check out five interesting facts on the history of this national holiday so you can be that guy (or gal) at the party who brings the life and the interesting conversation.
Memorial Day Fun Facts: You’re Welcome!
- Memorial Day was not legally named until 1967, prior to that it was known as Decoration Day, meant to honor the soldiers who gave their lives in the Civil war.
- What’s the difference between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day? On Veterans Day, we honor all United States military veterans, while on Memorial Day we honor the soldiers who gave their lives while serving.
- There were more American lives lost during the Civil War, approximately 620,000, than the two World Wars combined.
- In the year 2000, the President signed a law requiring all Americans to stop what they are doing at 3 PM on Memorial Day to remember and honor our soldiers.
- American flags are supposed to be flown at half-mast until noon on Memorial Day, and then raised to full mast until sunset.