Legislative Branch

Extend Tax Incentives on Solar to Renters

I rent a house, and recently paid for upgrades to the house as a way of reducing our energy consumption (insulation, new doors, etc.). I had a solar audit done, and found out that I am not eligible for tax rebates/incentives on solar installation because I am just a rentor. My landlord is not eligible for the incentives either because he is not living in the house as his primary residence. There is HUGE potential ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Depleted Uranium as Fuel

I have heard of a reactor that uses depleted uranium as a fuel source. It's called a Traveling wave reactor. This would be a good way to get rid of all that DU we have lying around. The down side is that the tech is currently still being researched according to the few pubs I took a look at. As such it is a long tem project which would be a good idea to start now (yes I DO know that we have a buget crises) or at least ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Government Official Use Rideshare Saves Money & The Environment

Currently, when a government vehicle is needed for official use travel at the VHA, a vehicle request is entered in the Vista Software Program and the vehicle is reserved. Often, many vehicles are requested for the same travel destination and time with 1 person per vehicle. We can reduce this waste of resources which will not only save money but will reduce fuel emissions considerably. By utilizing software that matches ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Turning it Off: A Simple Solution to Energy Managment

Have federal buildings that operate off a timer for most electronic equipment and lights. Almost all equipment except servers that save data. Having electronic equipment such as computer workstations, printers and fax machines. The equipment should shut off during off duty hours and turn on before shift work starts. This would most likely save hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars in electricity bills per year. ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Brown-out in the Government

Mandate one day a week for every agency/person to reduce energy expenditures by engaging in one of seven energy saving actions. The options include 1) turn off lights in areas where natural light is exposed 2) Commute by public transportation, bike or walk 3) Recycle rain water 4) Shutdown some computers and share systems among employees in the course of a day 5) Install solar panel in govt facilities and sale energy ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

REAL TIME MONITORING OF ELECTRICITY USAGE

NIH is said to use almost $5 million worth of electricity each month. Although it's unlikely that all that electrical usage is monitored by a single meter, such as would be found attached to the side of a SFH, it may be that the electrical usage is monitored by device(s) that graphically indicate energy use either campus-wide, or building-by-building. Provide a web-link to show real time energy use before and after ...more »

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Department of Transportation

Conference Room & Auditorium Energy Management

Suggestion: Install motion detector timing devices on thermostats for conference rooms, auditoriums, cafeterias, and other large gathering areas that may go unoccupied for long periods of time so that these areas are not heated or cooled unnecessarily. Rationale: to often it seems as if these kinds of areas are unoccupied for long periods of time - sometimes a whole day or more. Yet they are air conditioned or heated ...more »

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Department of State

Energy conservation at the office

The lights and air conditioning are always left on at the end of the day, ostensibly for "security reasons," so that security guards can turn it all of at the end of the day. If lighting were motion activated and air conditioning were also tied to lighting, then we would stop wasting light and cool air on areas without people.

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Department of Defense

Solar Power

Put solar power on all military dorms, and add heating to them as well. Not all government buildings are efficient in providing solar power, but the ones that are geographically located in areas feasible should be built with solar power panels.

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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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Department of Defense

High Effiency Hand Dryers

High Efficiency hand dryers should be required by all federal agencies in order to save significant amounts of money on janitorial services contracts as well as maintain compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The use of automatic hand dryers can significantly reduce the amount of paper towels used in public restrooms, which can lead to significant reductions in operating cost, waste, and the overall impact ...more »

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Department of Energy

Powerful Savings: Laptops vice Desktops

Our nation should adapt an Energy Conservation Law such as Japan has done. Looking at the results of Fujitsu, this adjustment will help our nation financially. I recommend we at least give it a shot with one of the smaller branches such as (Coast Guard) to see if such change would benefit our nations needs. I feel if we were to convert our desktops to laptops and charge our laptops throughout the night and run our ...more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Light it Up Right

Lighting typically accounts for 25% to 50% of energy use in most buildings. During our summer internship at EPA Region 9, we recognized 2 easy ways to increase lighting efficiency: adopting occupancy sensors and LED bulbs. These methods will result in both energy and cost savings. They have been touted for public use by EPA, DOE, and DOI. Occupancy sensors are devices, frequently mounted on the wall or ceiling, ...more »

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Department of Defense

End AMD Deployments

The Air Mobility Division (AMD) which is the part of the Air Operations Center plans airlift missions for aircraft in the CENTCOM AOR. They continually deploy over 100 people to perform this task, but 100% of the job is online & over the phone with zero physical contact with the users. Many expenses ensue due to nature of this base (flying troops over and back, food, lodging, body armor, etc), yet there is no need for ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Establish parking fees at all federal offices

Establish a parking fee at all federal buildings that currently have free parking for motor vehicles. Parking fees can be patterned after the US Forest Service trail pass fees, where each site would have a self-service permit system for a daily fee, along with a longer term permit fee for yearly use. Fees could be determined using the Forest Services current fee structure - $5 per day or (is it) $30 per year. Parking ...more »

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