General Services Administration

A simple idea: remind people to use revolving doors

Our agency's building has revolving doors, but they're slow (for some reason, they operate automatically), and impatient people frequently avoid them and use the conventional automatic doors that are next to the revolving ones. These conventional doors are primarily intended to be used by people with disabilities, but I've seen entire groups of ten, twelve, or more people head through one of the conventional doors en ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Brrr...it's cold in here!

In the last week, DC has had day after day of record high temperatures, with the heat index soaring past 100 on a daily basis. Heat warnings, sweaty metro rides, and sweltering walks have abounded as thousands of government employees have gone to work during these hottest of days. Inside the halls of the HHS Aerospace Building, however, the temperature has been something much more akin to arctic. As I walk through the ...more »

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Department of Defense

Energy Efficiencies Savings

Provide monetary incentive for energy efficiency and conservation measures by returning half of energy savings back to the installation for use in additional energy conservation initiatives. Harvest the remaining savings to invest in the Energy Conservation Initiative Program (ECIP) or development of renewable energy across the DOD.

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Legislative Branch

Put your money where your mouth is

There is currently a lot of "green" rhetoric coming from the government these days, and I think it should put its money where its mouth is. My plan would have the current funds being used for subsidies and tax breaks in the energy markets should be diverted towards the purchase of green technologies (ie. smart grid, solar panels, wind turbines, etc.) at federal complexes. A purchase of this size would drive down the ...more »

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Department of Defense

Lease Roof Space to Utility Companies for Solar Power

To reduce utility costs for military installations (costs that run into the millions of dollars per installation annually), the military contracts with local utility companies and leases roof space to the companies for the installation of solar power cells. Utility companies would gain access to large, flat-roofed facilities in prime, protected locations. The utility companies would install and maintain the solar cells ...more »

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Department of Justice

Power Surge Protectors for idle equipment

Even in sleep mode, computers and other electronic devices can use power unnecessarily. I recommend that we use power surges that shutdown idle equipment (e.g. computers and other electronic devices) during extended periods of nonuse. This would be a great way to save money and not impact operations.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Energy Reduction

Almost every large restroom and pantry in the numerous federal buildings I've entered are lighted throughout the day. The same is true for many other rooms in federal buildings. With the cost increasing for electricity there would be a great savings if motion sensors that activate lighting were installed in theses rooms.

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Department of the Interior

Use RFID Chips in All ATB Passes to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

In order to drastically reduce the amount of carbon emissions from vehicles waiting to enter our national parks and other federal fee areas, we should incorporate radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips into all of the passes in the America the Beautiful pass series. Actually, this idea would provide many benefits: enhanced visitor experience due to quicker entrance; more accurate collection of statistics; improved ...more »

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Department of Justice

Save Energy at Federal Prisons with Geothermal energy

Use Geothermal Energy for all government buildings new and old for prisons being built and retro fit all other prisons. At 7m in the ground the temp is a constant 50 degrees and at a little of 200 feet you get the heat from the earth, install this technology which is not new, just not widely used, there would not be a need for expensive heating and cooling systems that generate hefty bills and use precious fossil fuels. ...more »

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Department of Defense

Consolidate Redundant Air Force Airlift Staff (AMD)

The current structure of the USAF in the warzone is based on a pre-internet model from an airlift perspective. The TACC at Scott AFB, in conjunction with US TRANSCOM, vet and assign transportation to all DoD users around the world. They are permanently staffed and have many thousands of dollars in programs, apps, etc. that allow them to manage hundreds of missions per day. Suddenly, in the AOR (Afghan/Iraq) a whole ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Government Building Air Leakage Test

Conduct air leakage tests on all large government buildings and repair seals. This will make the buildings more energy efficient, more cost effective, and more comfortable to the occupants at a lower energy cost.

Adopt new air leakage rates for new buildings as well.

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Office of Personnel Management

MANDATORY CPU shutdown @ COB & prioritize IT updates, Save $10M

Here's how to save millions per year by flipping a switch. There is an all encompassing SOP that dictates federal employees leave their computers on (in "locked" mode) at the end of the day. This is a huge waste of electricity (ESPECIALLY if the monitor and speakers are also left on) I understand that the reason for this is so that IT can complete system updates using less bandwidth. However, by dividing the computers ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Energy Audit Measures Could Save $5 billion

Energy Audits are complete for a large number of federal facilities. These energy audits produced numerous recommendations that can produce savings at a rapid rate. Some of these measures will pay for themselves in less than a year and begin saving money after that point and far into the future. All measures with a payback of less than five years should be implemented immediately. These energy savings measures will ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Fewer Energy Vampires

Cut down on the number of "energy vampires" , i.e. electrical devices drawing power when they are powered down ("off"). An example would be a laptop computer which has an external transformer (it looks like a brick) which supplies power. When the computer is powered down the transformer does not turn itself off. You can tell it is on if it is warm to the touch. Sometimes it may have a small light showing it is consuming ...more »

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