Department of Energy

Utilizing multifunctional devices and removing desktop devices

Significantly reduce costs for copiers and printers (including toner). Some Agency’s program offices purchase about $25,000 in toner cartridges each and every month. Sometimes this is approximately half of all the supply store purchases. Replace network printers with leased, multifunctional devices. These multifunctional devices provide the same, if not better, performance. In addition to scanning and faxing, they ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Close Government Buildings on nights and weekends

Many buildings are kept open during nights and weekends to occomodate a very small number of people. The cost to provide security, heating and air-conditioning, etc. likely far exceeds the productivity of the people working in the buildings. It would be more cost-efficient to close the buildings at nights/weekends, and allow employees to who must work to do so from home.

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General Services Administration

Cut unnecessary travel, use VTC

There will always be a need for meetings but do all of them have to be face-to-face? No. With our technological advances and with GSA's current migration to the "cloud," we can communicate via our laptops or VTC. We need to utilize these "costly" technological investments.

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Department of Commerce

A way to realize $300M energy savings for desktop computers

Desktop computers at sleep mode can be woken up in seconds and only use less than 5 Watts of electricity compared to 100-200 Watts of consumption at regular mode. The energy savings can be well over 500 kWh per year for each desktop computer by enabling it to sleep when not in use, in particular at night. Now let us do a saving estimation from the electric bill only. Suppose there are 2.8 million desktop computers enabled ...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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Department of Health and Human Services

Solar Roadways and Walkways

Solar Roadways are quiet and clean (ideal for military bases, eliminates unsightly powerlines, ideal for charging electric cars, can be used in remote areas, much less pollution). Also, production would create lots of green jobs. This idea can also be applied to sidewalks, walkways, playgrounds, parking lots, etc... They melt snow and ice eliminating lots of snow removal and they illuminate roads. It would be a great ...more »

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Department of Defense

energy conservation in office when not at desk

minimal instruction or daily inspection is provided to encourage people to reduce office energy overnight; many people leave for night and weekend with office fan running, cube lights on, and display screen on...regular reminders and oversite would reduce this big waste of electricity. cube neighbors don't feel like they have the authority to turn these off since it is not their space.

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Legislative Branch

Switch to LED Lighting in all Federal Space

LED Lights are more expensive than flourescent per piece, but the bulbs last just about forever, produce less heat and the light is easier on the eyes, so office workers are less fatigued by the end of the day. LED is better for the environment, as well, than CFL, and LED technology is advancing rapidly. There are even LED tubes to replace the dreaded flourescent ones we office workers have learned to dread over the ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Saving Energy Simply = Millions/Billions Dollars Saved

I am not exactly sure how much money this would save across the Federal Government, but I think it could be in the millions/billions. If a policy was instituted that all Federal employees would be required to shut down their computers Monday through Thursday evening when not in use it would save a ton of money. I know that the IT folks generally push through patches and other updates at night, but these updates could ...more »

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Save Energy & Reduce Employee Downtime Through Smart Backups

Computer hardware and software failure may result in employee downtime and lost work. Some people mitigate this by backing up files on external hard disks. Unfortunately, backing up files can take up to several hours when the employee has more than 100 GB of data, which results in the inability to do work on the computer during that time. Computer access is critical to completing most tasks. The other option is to backup ...more »

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General Services Administration

Replace leafblowers with rakes

In the fall, the facilities workers at my agency use leafblowers to clean up the outside of our building. These leafblowers are not only expensive to buy (or rent) and to repair, but they waste energy and contribute to both air pollution and noise pollution. Why not replace those leafblowers with good old-fashioned rakes? Rakes are less wasteful, not just when they're being used, but also when they're being manufactured. ...more »

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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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