Department of Housing and Urban Development

Reasonable A/C and Heating

My concern is primarily with the waste of over-air-conditioning in the summer and similarly, over-heating in winter. As my mother used to say whenever we kids complained about the house being cold in winter: you need to put on a sweater! The point is you should dress appropriately to match the weather (whether that's light clothes in summer or warm in winter). One of the most wasteful practices I have observed by several ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Consolidation of Holidays

I have seen businesses that choose to work many of the federal hoidays (excluding Memorial, Labor, Independence Day). In lieu of observing the other holidays, the business shuts down for the week between Christmas and New Years. This shut down allows facility managers to reduce energy consumption by ensuring all electronics/heating/cooling systems are turned off. This strategy could be employed for all non-essential ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Reduce unneccessary expenditure of electrical services

Through employment of simple conservational methods, the United States government stands to realize a reduced financial expenditure for the electrical services it purchases. Such methods could include a sticker-like label for light switch plates that encourage staff to turn off the lights. Another idea involves installing auto-off light switch modules that could be set to power down lighting a short duration of time ...more »

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Department of Defense

Energy Efficiency Manager

Creating a collateral duty within a unit (unpaid) that focuses on minimizing the carbon and resource waste one generally sees in the Federal government to both improve energy consumption and save money would improve and promote resource management. One way of avoiding cuts in manning is to reduce costs- everywhere you can. Education for this person could be similar in structure to what is now the SSO and security manager ...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 Homeland Security

Changing Energy Supply with utility company

In the last few years over 20 states have deregulated the energy suppliers in their state. This means that both gas and electricity suppliers are now competitive markets in those states. Just by researching each states energy suppliers and changing the energy supplier to a cheaper company, could save anywhere from 5-25% a year in electric and/or gas supply costs the government is paying on utility bills. In some cases ...more »

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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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