A Texas Air Force base has earned an award for a particular type of efficiency.

Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene has received a Federal Energy Management Program award from the Department of Energy for their efforts to conserve energy and water resources.

The efforts at Dyess AFB have helped them save taxpayers $1.8 million. The group also entered a demand reduction agreement with the local utility company for the base to use their generators when necessary to reduce load on the Texas power grid.

“It makes you feel like you have done your part in being a good steward to taxpayers, the base, and the local community,” said Eric Watson, Dyess resource efficiency manager.

U.S. Representative Randy Neugebauer weighed in, saying “I congratulate the Dyess energy team and the entire base for their efforts to improve energy efficiency and save taxpayer dollars.”