Department of Justice

Green the Workplace to Save Energy, Resources & Money

Many small steps would save energy, paper and resources, and ultimately millions of dollars. We need U. S. Gov guidelines, training and education to insure that every U. S. employee: 1. Minimizes printing of documents 2. Prints & copies using both sides of the paper where printing is necessary 3. Adjusts thermostats higher in summer and lower in winter to specific guidelines 4. Turns off lights, or better yet, install ...more »

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General Services Administration

A simple idea: remind people to use revolving doors

Our agency's building has revolving doors, but they're slow (for some reason, they operate automatically), and impatient people frequently avoid them and use the conventional automatic doors that are next to the revolving ones. These conventional doors are primarily intended to be used by people with disabilities, but I've seen entire groups of ten, twelve, or more people head through one of the conventional doors en ...more »

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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 »

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Department of Energy

OPEN MORE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS!!!!

What is the most effecient and cleanest energy source?! Lets USE IT THEN!!!! Nuclear Power is the future! Wind is weak, Sun is always going down, coal is dirty! We are advanced in technology so lets act like it!

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Department of the Interior

Use RFID Chips in All ATB Passes to Reduce Greenhouse Gases

In order to drastically reduce the amount of carbon emissions from vehicles waiting to enter our national parks and other federal fee areas, we should incorporate radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips into all of the passes in the America the Beautiful pass series. Actually, this idea would provide many benefits: enhanced visitor experience due to quicker entrance; more accurate collection of statistics; improved ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Reduce the federal work week to 4 days / 32 hours

Reduce the federal work weeke to 32 hours and adjust pay accordingly. This would not only save on wages, it would reduce the energy costs greatly when you consider 52 days, almost 2 months, savings on utility bills, vehicle wear, and any thing else that requires energy.

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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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Department of Energy

Congress - Lock Down/Fix Fuel/Gasoline Prices NOW!

Congress should “lock fuel prices” at a fair price. Each time the economy begins to recover; gasoline/fuel prices increase (again and again) and slap the economy back down; it almost put the US automobile industry out of business! It is time to place a “fixed” price per gallon on gasoline, jet, diesel, and heating fuels. This will allow the government (who purchases huge amounts of fuels) and private business ...more »

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Department of Defense

Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing) We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Energy Saver

Here at the USPTO, the lights in the hallways and offices go off automatically after a certain hour at night and on the week-ends, leaving the hallways partially lit. However, someone working late or on a weekend can override the auto shut off system and re-energize an an entire section of the building including full hallway lights, only to have the lights on in one particular office. My idea to conserve energy is to ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services - IMB

Dealing with Hot Flashes and Cold Flashes

Can we have designated temperature zones at work places: These are real distractors at work. Ever noticed the space heaters at office.. and resulting double drain on power -one to run the AC and the other to keep the personal heater running. With the cold air from the air conditioning running full blast, comes the misery for a few with genuine body temperature regulation issues. Some may have hypothyroidism. They usually ...more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Office Energy Policy

Mandate that each office has a responsible energy policy. Even bathrooms at federal buildings use a lot of water when toliets are flushed. The amount of water used per flushed could be decreased. Lights do not need to be left on all the time. The office could install motion detectors that switch power off of lights (or electrical outlets) 2 hours after movement has stopped. Items still plugged into an outlet ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Go For All Quick Payback Energy Savings Measures

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 reduce ...more »

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Department of the Interior

Replace all CFL to LEDs for all facilities (& go Solar)

The issue with CFL's the environmental factor due to the mercury. It is true that CFL's are energy efficient, however LED's take 50% less energy than CFL's and last 10 times longer. There is no mercury issue to deal with either and LED bulbs work with dimmer switches and are cool to the touch. CFL's take longer to warm up to light up a room and are usually too warm to remove soon after they are turned on. Link the LEDs ...more »

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