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 »

Voting

12 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Making a Difference by Saving Energy and Money

I believe a great way the government could save energy and money would be to put in motion sensored lights. This would work especially well in restrooms, hallways and administrative offices. We would no longer have to rely on employees to turn the lights off. As long is someone is in the office working, in the restroom or walking down a hallway the lights are on. When you exit the area the lights go off. A great... more »

Voting

7 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Energy savings-Laptop instead of desktop computers

Replace desktop computers with laptop computers. These can be locked ont othe office desks for safety and removed by those who are permitted to use them away from the desk. According to Natural Resources Defense Council, "conventional desktop computer with a conventional cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor uses more than five times as much energy as a laptop (570 kWh/yr vs. 100 kWh/yr ). Therefore, replacing a desktop system... more »

Voting

2 likes
Active

Department of Energy

STOP wasting money on GREEN PROGRAMS!!!!

We are an industrial NATION!! Let's end the denial stage and start acting like it! There is a way to be an industrial leader and still be environmentally smart about it! Can we please end all the fraud waste and abuse that is being generated by this idea of GREEN energy!? If the commercial sector wants to pursue these energy sources , then let it!! But there is a reason that only the Government is dumb enough to Waste... more »

Voting

7 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

Get rid of Congresses Personal Jets and Other things

Right now the biggest thing that comes to my mind is Nancy Pelosi and the multi million dollar jet she had the government pay to get her so she could fly nonstop from her home state to DC, with her, her crew, and 200 reporters. Seriously, why is the government paying to transport reporters? Everytime her aircraft flys in any direction it costs the taxpayers 60,000 dollars. Why not do away with all the private aircraft,... more »

Voting

279 likes
Active

Department of Health and Human Services

Charge the Market Rate for Parking

This idea applies to ALL federal agencies. All federal employees and visitors should pay the market rate for parking at ALL federal owned and leased buildings. This will encourage the use of public transportation, telecommuting, and carpooling. It will reduce traffic congestion and cost of road maintenance. It will reduce the federal budget deficit.

Voting

5 likes
Active

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.

Voting

11 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Alisha Franczak, RRT, BS (respiratory therapist)

We could reduce the amount of paper we buy if we change all printers in the federal gov't to print DOUBLE SIDED vs. only printing on one side per sheet. This could be done by having IT set all printers to default to print on both sides of paper (employee could manually switch to single sided if needed). We could also implement this with copier machines. If we had complete federal employee "buy-in," we could cut our... more »

Voting

2 likes
Active

Department of Veterans Affairs

Solar powered LED parking lot lights.

Install small solar panels on all outside parking lot lights, during the day they will charge. You could then use LED lights which work great in directional lighting and use nearly all of the free generated power to light the parking lot lights. This would cut down on electricity

Voting

6 likes
Active

Department of Homeland Security

Solar chargers for cellphones_Cost savings-Green initiative

Instead of plugging into an electric outlet, solar cellphone chargers use free energy and they will help with cost savings as well as be part of the green initiative. The chargers are of minimal cost and depending upon how many cellphones are charged the cost savings would be very substanitial year after year. General Rule to estimate total hours of direct sunlights to full charge: (Amperer per Hour of the Battery /... more »

Voting

13 likes
Active

Department of the Interior

Power Down Your Work Stations (Office)

Turn off all electrical devices at the work stations (office) at the end of your duty schedule. Computers, printers, and lights. Unplug all chargers from outlets, radios, personal heaters, fans, and any other electrical items not government issued used. Even when these items are turned off they still use electricity.

Voting

13 likes
Active

Department of Energy

Federal Self Sustaining Green Facilites and Bases

Turn large Federal facilities and bases into self-sustaining power plants using green energy such as solar, wind, geothermal, etc. This creates jobs, stimulates the local economy for each large facility, stimulate green initiatives, save money and the enviornment. Excess power can be sold back to the local power companies or used to charge an electric Federal fleet of cars.

Voting

17 likes
Active

Legislative Branch

drill for oil!?

It is simple, to reduce our dependence on overseas oil we have got to drill more ourselves!! Yes alternative sources of fuel would be awesome, but in the meantime, DRILL!!

Voting

15 likes
Active