Department of Veterans Affairs

Sub-Metering the utilities for the Department/Agency

Currently we waste lot of energy in offices. We all see people don’t turn off their fans/ lights/ personal heaters before leaving for the day. We can save more than 20% of utility bill if we start turning off the unwanted power and AC.

Agency mandates to save energy and motivates the staffs by providing bonus from the saved funds to the department/program staff that helped to save on utilities.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Utilities Savings (Especially during summer months)

I woke up today to hear the news report 103 degree temps in the DC area. Dangerous weather conditions for all (not some but all). If this were the winter months and the DC area was expecting 4 inches of snow or better, every school an organization and some jobs in the DC area would close. The federal government would even allow a delay in arrival or shut down depending on the severity of the weather expected. So what's ...more »

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Department of Energy

No Suits and Ties in the Summer

Federal government buildings are kept incredibly cool in the summer - one could even say the temperature inside Federal buildings is downright cold in June, July, and August! Constituents and citizens entering the buildings wearing typical summer-wear are quickly shivering. The Federal government uses an enormous amount of power to keep government buildings so cold in the summer. High power usage costs the government ...more »

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Department of Defense

facilities wasting utilities

Water faucets drip all day because they dont turn off and toilets are from the 70's and cant be conserving water. Lights & computers are left on all day and night. We should be good stewards installing solar panels & efficient facility upgrades to save for the future.

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Separate Shared Condo Utilities

I lived in a condo which had common electricity and water. Because these utilities are not separated, an average condo used about 300% more utilities than otherwise. For example, some take 30 minute showers, and keep the thermostat at 60 degrees in the Summer and 90 in the Winter.

 

We need to encourage these utilties to be separated by a combination of financial incentives/penalties and perhaps limited mandates.

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Department of the Interior

Shut Off Computers after Windows Automatic Updates

Sometimes when I have left my computer on over night there is an automatic update that requires the restart of my computer. Instead of actually restarting, it should shut the computer off. Think about this . . . if I am actually at my computer I am either going to restart myself or I am going to prevent the computer from restarting until I finish my work. If Windows actually gets to the point where it automatically ...more »

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EXOP - Office of Management and Budget

Set temperature limits for federal buildings

Several years ago, Pennsylvania state government set a limit of 75 degrees for air conditioning in state buildings (with several exceptions as appropriate) as part of an effort to be more energy efficient and to save money. The policy made sense. There's no reason why we should have to wear numerous layers in our offices on days when the temperatures are well into the 90s! Similarly, the temperature was limited to ...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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