Department of Energy

Reduce Lighting

DOE has more fluorescent lights than necessary to perform work--especially in hallways. How about removing half of them (one tube per unit, or half the units)? For that matter, most of the people in my office turn off overhead lights and use desk lamps--the fluorescents are uncomfortable when using a computer.

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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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Environmental Protection Agency

Energy Reduction

Almost every large restroom and pantry in the numerous federal buildings I've entered are lighted throughout the day. The same is true for many other rooms in federal buildings. With the cost increasing for electricity there would be a great savings if motion sensors that activate lighting were installed in theses rooms.

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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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Office of Personnel Management

Save $96M per year by using 1/4 less lighting (electricity)

Fluorescent lights are relatively economical but what they save per bulb is lost by volume and duration. The electricity used to power 1 Bulb costs approximately 15$ per year** In one small part of my office (that houses approximately thirty employees), I count 36 light fixtures. That’s 72 lights --- or an electrical cost of $1,152 annually. That’s $38.40 per employee annually, JUST for the electricity that powers ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Reduce cubicles - create group pods

Cubicles require more floor space, additional lighting and additional equipment. They are less conducive to collaborative and cohesive work environgments. By reducing cubicle configurations to group areas with adequate overhead lighting eliminates waste.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Saving Electricity thru Behavior Modification

Our building lease for office space includes utilities like heating, cooling, water, and electricity, but because those utilities costs for our consumption are charged back to the government, then we should send out periodic reminders to all staff (both federal and contractors) reminding them to reduce waste and promote economical and environmentally friendly use of utilities. For example, our overhead fluorescent lights ...more »

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Executive Office of the President

Reduce Lighting in Common Areas

Ensure that lighting in common areas (such as hallways, lobbies, unused offices, and conference rooms) are turned off when not in use, especially at night. This includes the ornamental lamps that are in various locations, as well as monitors. More motion-sensor switches like those already installed in some areas would be good to consider. Another idea would be to have security personnel, who probably do rounds ...more »

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