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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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 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.

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Legislative Branch

Limit Air Conditioning: Always TOO cold/TOO hot

If you are sitting in a government facility right now, you probably know what I am talking about. Already having talked with many (public) elem., jr. high, high school, (and even college) students, I observed that most complained how they have to bring a jacket during summer and that they are steamed in the classrooms during winter and so it is very confusing to choose what to wear. Additionally, the people working in ...more »

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Department of Energy

Sustainable Energy Technologies(SETs) use in USAID, et al pgrms

As we distribute aid to developing and post-conflict nations, ensure Sustainable Energy Technologies(SETs) (ie. non-fossil fuel resources) are introduced during re/construction. Department of Defense and its Armed Services are already serving as models for those communities. Do not let our Soldiers', Sailors', Air Force's and Marines' efforts go to waste. The resulting revenue from US contracts to provide SETs will ...more »

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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!!

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Legislative Branch

Reduce Office Space for SES Staff

Large offices are energy vampires and are not cost effective. Keep it simple. Most offices should not have the amenities of a livingroom (couches, recliners, HD televisions, coffee tables, end tables, sitting chairs). Most meetings are held in conference rooms. Whatever happen to the boss' office having 2 chairs opposite his desk, a telephone, a file cabinet, a computer (typewriter) and a window.

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Office of Personnel Management

MANDATE saving files in a smaller format

Saving a scanned file in a smaller format uses less space on the database, and in turn decreases the needed amount of database storage and network bandwidth. Scanned files are automatically saved in a large size. (roughly 1.5 Megs) Furthermore, when the file is opened it has to be "unzoomed" to order to read over it. This is a waste of time and a waste of database and network bandwidth. If it is mandated that files ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Implement Maxi-Flex in all EPA Offices

Maxiflex: Under this schedule, an employee is allowed to vary the number of hours worked on any work day and the number of hours in each work week to complete their basic work requirement. Employees may vary their arrival/departure times within the given flexible hours on a daily basis, and may work up to 10 hours without prior supervisory approval. With prior supervisory approval, an employee may work 11½ hours in any ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Eliminate personal printers, Save $9 Million Annually

Personal Printers are, quite possibly, the single biggest waste of government resources. It costs $9.44 annually to power one small desktop printer used at a minimal rates. * In my office alone I count over 100 personal printers, and this is in addition to the two dozen or so massive laser printers (which, themselves cost around $100 apiece annually) By eliminating all of the personal printers in just this office ...more »

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Department of Defense

Green initiatives

Many of our defense sites are located in areas which would benefit greatly from the use of green technologies. For example, sites located in desert locations could use solar panels to help alleviate the energy costs of daily business and of course air conditioning. I understand the upfront costs would be a bit more then other energy upgrades, but in the long term savings and environmental benefits would be huge. Every ...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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