Department of Homeland Security

Conserving Electric Power by the use of timers

I work at an Airport for the TSA. The TSA controls various operations at the airport, and therefore has our 800 person staff stationed in many areas and locations including the checkpoints, baggage, lunchrooms, offices, the Jet Center, among others. All these areas and operations require a lot of power and Electric. The Government (TSA) pays a large portion of the power bill. The Airport usually closes operations between ...more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Using curtains in data centers to reduce enviornmental profile

This is a simple, cost effective, and efficient way to help reduce the environmental profile (cooling) of our data centers. For a minimal cost we could potentially save a lot of money trying to cool our IT data centers. Using only a plastic (or similar material) that would add an extra layer of abstraction between the hot and cold aisles in our data centers. They are easy to maintain and are made so as to not hinder ...more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Optimizing the Computer Security and Update Process

Solving two computer issues would increase government efficiency and save money. Presently, HHS computers receive software updates overnight, and sporadic reminder emails for the updates (1 day to 1 month in advance) result in individuals leaving computers on overnight. Also, security scans, which substantially reduce computing speed, occur throughout the day. Today, I was able to open only one webpage in 35 minutes ...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 Homeland Security

Remove Desktop Printers

Most desktops here at my office and six other office I provide I.T. services to have personal printers assigned to them when there is a network printer two cubes down. When adding up costs for toner and color cartridges across all agencies this amounts to an incredible amount of money. Costs associated: 1. Lump sum of printer cost ranging $50 to $500 2. Toner or printer cartridge cost ranging $45 to $150 3. Depreciation ...more »

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Department of Defense

Relax dress code during summer months

During the summer months we are spending significant amounts of money to run AC units at high levels so that our work force can feel comfortable while wearing suit and tie business attire. We should relax work force dress codes during these months and significantly reduce AC costs. It’s 102 today in the DC area and I brought my suit coat to work. This makes no sense.

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Department of Defense

Home power economics

When dealing with a high energy bill at home most people will start turning things off if they are not used, such as the lights, computers, stereos, and entertainment systems. Turn off the lights. Most government facilities do not run 24x7. Usually people are at work from around 6am to 6pm. that leaves 6pm to 6am where lights are on throughout the building. I know that the office space lights are usually turned off, ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Water management

Create new freshwater lakes to store water. The Southwest could use more of this resource and Lake Meade is a real money maker. New hydroelectric plants would be a nice by product too!

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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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Department of Health and Human Services - IMB

Got Power?

Waste incineration can be done at the massive federal complexes like already done at hospitals. Also being done in Virginia. Set up furnaces to incinerate the office waste including print and then use steam turbines to generate electricity. Incinerate papers un-shredded (!) as well as those daily litter generated at our workplaces, cafeterias and yard care. For now they end up in landfills someplace far away, ‘shredded’ ...more »

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Exercise pedals at work stations in offices for health & power

It is desirable for a number of reasons to provide means for federal employees to exercise while they are working at their work stations. Pedals to be put in front of our chairs with sufficient resistance so that there is real exercise would be best. The resistance could be adjusted. Reasons: (1) It would be good for employees' health. (2) It would promote alertness while employees are working. (3) It ought to be ...more »

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Department of Agriculture

Our thoughts and prayers ...

With the official motto of the United States being "In God we trust", prayer would be in order. James 5:16 says "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective."

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Department of Defense

Wasted power

Create a team to visit sites and evaluate/teach local electrical engineers on how to balance the phases (loads) on their power. Smart people tell me that there is a current induced on the neutral when the phases are out of balance, and this current is shunted to ground. Well, this current has to come from somewhere, so it is coming from the grid, and you are paying for it, but getting no benefit from it, just sending ...more »

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