Employees could voluntarily reduce government utility costs immediately with simple e-mailed reminders, or via electronic newletters, explaining the cost that the agency is incurring for utility expenses (especially, a/c, heating, and lighting) which could be reduced by turning off lights and computers overnight. If this action requires turning off lights at the breaker box, employees could be easily trained to do this in a safe manner and without affecting computers and applicances. This has the potential for signficant savings without major legislation, or agency mandates. Also, personal refrigerators need to be strongly discouraged and voluntarily removed, as employees become better educated about the benefits of saving agency resources.
Idea No. 758