Environmental Protection Agency

Kill Copier Energy Vampires

Simple mechanical 7-day timers can be installed on each printer/copier to turn the machines off at 7 pm, on at 7am, and off on the weekends. These devices are available for about $5 (or less) each retail, and are simple to program and install. Even though printer/copiers technically have "sleep" modes, they still use power in those modes, and the mode has to be properly set -- I have found the machines still at full ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

shared electronic workspace

In my regional office each Division is assigned an available server to store shared documents. Servers or some sort of electronic storage space needs to be available to all employees, across Divisions within the region, and across the entire agency. This would prevent the need to send E-mails, particularly E-mails containing large file attachments. E-mails require servers to store a record of the message AND the attachment. ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Remove Toilet Seat Covers

Toilet seat covers are ineffective at their job at best. They are wasteful in terms of resources and money at worst. People often use more than one at a time, and toilets must be flushed more than once to dispose of them - adding to water and energy usage.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Eliminating Overhead Lighting in Regional & HQ Offices

In R6 we burn 1000's of overhead lights on 8 floors that are totally unneeded because we have excellent lighting in the cubes under the overhead storage bins. This same situation probably exists in other Regions, HQ, & other agencies. Eliminating the use of all of this unneeded lighting would result in a very large saving in electricity & the money it costs, & result in a large saving of energy. A by-product of eliminating ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Empowerment Solutions - Energy - Security - Jobs

For your consideration: July 29, 2011 Please increase green energy jobs, government revenue and empowerment of Americans to live a better life and to create a more prosperous future for the United States and the World by: The Federal Government under the direction of President Barack Obama preserving America’s parks, promoting American industry, increasing American jobs, obtaining revenue for the federal government ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Moderate use of air conditioning and heating

In a city as hot and humid as Washington, DC, the difference between what is comfortable to wear outside, and what is comfortable to wear inside, can be drastic. Having the air conditioning turned up so high in the building that I need to keep a sweater in my desk and take afternoon walks outside to warm up is a waste of energy, as well as being uncomfortable. Install adjustable thermostats in buildings - even the old ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

The "Green" White House

While it may not save millions of taxpayer dollars, symbolism is important. The President should consider installing a geothermal system to heat and cool the White House. It will be a great way to highlight a natural and cost effective way to heat and cool the homes of Americans and highlight the remaining years of the 30% tax credit for energy efficient home updates. For every one dollar spent in a geothermal system, ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Save $3.5 billion/year in Medication Error Costs

Patient have difficulty understanding, remembering, and following technical, confusing medication instructions, and so may miss, double up on, or otherwise miss-take medications. When patients fail to improve as expected, clinicians may unnecessarily increase, duplicate, or change medications. Resultant poor patient health and avoidable, prolonged, more complicated hospital admissions lead to poor health outcomes and ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Optimizing the Computer Security and Update Process

Solving two computer issues would increase government efficiency and save money. Presently, HHS computers receive software updates overnight, and sporadic reminder emails for the updates (1 day to 1 month in advance) result in individuals leaving computers on overnight. Also, security scans, which substantially reduce computing speed, occur throughout the day. Today, I was able to open only one webpage in 35 minutes ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Solar power purchase agreements

A Solar Power Purchase Agreement (SPPA) is a financial arrangement in which a third-party developer owns, operates, and maintains the photovoltaic (PV) system, and a host customer agrees to site the system on its roof or elsewhere on its property and purchases the system’s electric output from the solar services provider for a predetermined period. This financial arrangement allows the host customer to receive stable, ...more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Reasonable A/C and Heating

My concern is primarily with the waste of over-air-conditioning in the summer and similarly, over-heating in winter. As my mother used to say whenever we kids complained about the house being cold in winter: you need to put on a sweater! The point is you should dress appropriately to match the weather (whether that's light clothes in summer or warm in winter). One of the most wasteful practices I have observed by several ...more »

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Department of Defense

Wind Success, Now Solar

For the President’s inaugural SAVE Award in 2009, I submitted the concept of installing wind turbines at The Naval Undersea Warfare Center and the Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. The location is ideally situated for wind power and I am very encouraged to see that the Navy is in discussions with local authorities about the prospect of installing wind turbines on Navy land in Newport. For the SAVE Award ...more »

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Department of Energy

Reduce Drinking Fountain Water and Energy Waste

This is a simple idea, but I think it can make a big impact if implemented across the Federal government. I am a graduate intern and am quite busy right now (work, thesis, etc.) so I have not been able to further research this idea, unfortunately. I think the analysis is worth doing, though, and would happy to assist with such research in the future. So here is my idea: Water drinking fountains are wasteful; unless ...more »

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General Services Administration

Centralized Data Centers Within Federal Buildings

Currently the populations of many federal buildings are made up of several agencies, not a single agency. Each of these individual agencies has a need to house IT equipment of some kind, anything from a small server for an office of 5 to large agency wide data centers could be required in any given federal building. Each agency is required to rent office space to house this IT equipment, supplemental cooling is often ...more »

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