Department of Health and Human Services

Sustainable Government IDs from Recycled Plastic

The government spends thousands to millions of dollars making plastic IDs for their government employees each year. When these IDs expire or their beholder leaves his/her position, they are then tossed into the trashed and disposed as waste; waste destined to sit in a landfill. Why not recycle them? By making IDs out of recycled plastic and then recycling the IDs themselves after use, the government could not only increase... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Power-ful Waste!

Set up furnace boilers to incinerate the office waste including papers and then use steam turbines to generate Electricity. Waste incineration can be done at each Federal complex like it is already being done at hospitals. This becomes a local supply of electricity that is self contained (and thus ideally unaffected by power grid meltdowns, terrorism acts, storms and blackouts). The office buildings can use it for consumption... more »

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Department of Energy

LED lighting replacement in government buildings

Replace all lighting iwth LED lights where appropriate for the reduction of energy costs. Replacing incandescent bulbs with T4 lighting did not gain the level of savings required to equal the escalating cost of energy. The costs of the LED is going down, and this would result in a net decrease of energy use to the grid vice "maintaining" and slowing down the growth of power plants.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Reduce vampire energy

The Energy Information Institute estimates that 10% of average electric bill pays for are not being used, but that percentage could be higher if computers, laptops and other equipment are left on or in standby mode. A simple yet effective solution would be to replace current dumb power strips with smart power strips that can sense and auto shutoff when attached computers and devices are in off state. To implement this... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Revolving Exterior Doors

Replace exterior doors with revolving doors to prevent outside air from entering the building. This would save on heating in the winter and cooling in the summer. The current automatic doors remain open long after the user passes through. With the door wide open, air conditioning (or heat) escapes the building. A revolving door would prevent large amounts of interior conditioned air to escape, thus saving on utilities.... more »

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Department of the Interior

Change Building Temperatures

Require warmer facility temperatures in summer and cooler facility temperatures in winter. Encourage people to dress appropriately for the season. Most facilities could change their temperatures a degree or two with little difference in occupant comfort. Over the entire federal government a huge cost savings can be recognized. Unoccupied spaces can be adjusted more significantly.

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Department of the Interior

Turn off computer monitors at night.

Turn off computer monitors at night. Computer monitors can always be turned off at night. Computer upgrades can occur with monitor screens switched off. Leaving computer monitors on at all times is a huge waste of energy and dollars. It is completely unneccessary!! Let's save those dollars! Let's save that energy! It will also cut our greenhouse gas emissions!

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Department of Energy

A "New" Normal Day For All Feds

Keeping flex/aws & etc. schedules as options of course, but making "all" gov't agencies move to a "normal" 8 hour day (includes lunch) like the private sector! Save energy! Boost morale!

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Give a Hoot Don't Light Pollute

Eliminating Light pollution from all government outdoor lights can save a lot of energy. Using the proper fixture, and high efficiency lamp can save over 50% of the energy in some cases and still do a better job. All new outdoor lighting should be required to be fully shielded. Put the light where it is needed and not into the sky. Although retrofitting existing lighting takes time to pay back, the reduction of energy... more »

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Department of Energy

Implement Energy Kill Switch in Offices

What savings is it to turn off those lights of the computer monitors, coffee machines, phone chargers, heaters, fans, etc. stay plugged in. At home I have instituted "Green Switch" that turns off everything that I don't need on when I'm gone. At work it could be as easy as plugging non essential things into a power strip and linking that to a wall switch. As you leave you can flip it off and voilĂ , you have instant energy... more »

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