Department of Commerce

Thermostat +3 summertime, -3 in winter

I'm tired of having to wear long sleeve shirts in July and short sleeve shirts in January.

 

It doesn't need to be 70 in the summer, which is exactly what my cubicle thermometer says right now. 72-74 would be fine.

 

And keep it a bit cooler in the winter as well. Shoot for 68-70, not 74-76 ... which is what i was seeing last winter.

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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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Department of Health and Human Services

Snow Melt - just a grand wishlist :)

Explore options to melt snow piled up in the parking areas, convert it to steam and generate electricity in the winter. This is the 21st century-there must be someone at MIT who can build an industrial grade machine to do this that would take up a couple of parking spaces at each office complex. The power generated would be fed back to the machine to melt more snow. Employ this all over USA at least in public places. ...more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Limiting Air Conditioning

I do not know how it is for other offices or agencies, but the Air Conditioning at HUD is overused and a waste. The Temperature is set to a degree, where employees are bringing in their own personal heaters, creating an even bigger wastage. Air conditioning should be at a comfortable level during the Summers, and heat should be limited during the Winters. Employees are just sitting around at their desk most of the time, ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Get rid of Autoflush Toilets & sinks & change heat/cool settings

The autoflush toilets waste a tremendous amount of water. The toilets will flush before it needs to and sometimes several times on its own. This is extremely wasteful and inefficient. We should be able to manage to push a handle down by ourselves. Also, the settings for the AC & heat are way too cold in the summer and too warm in the winter, which is extremely wasteful. Each building needs to be looked at separately ...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 Agriculture

Burning wood to save money and the environment.

In APHIS, there are several large programs that require destroying large quantities of wood to eliminate pest risks, like emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle. I have two ideas: 1) Install wood-burning heaters at the APHIS facilities. Infested wood must be destroyed, at least this way we can offset some of the environmental impact and lower heating bills by using it as fuel. We could also use the burning wood ...more »

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