Department of Energy

"SMART" Outlets

Think of all the energy that is wasted when people leave their electronics on over night. Whether it is by accident or not. We should incorporate "smart" outlet technology so that when devices such as computers are in standby mode for a period of time the outlet knows to cut power all together. This can also be used for cell phone chargers. When the phone is completely charge, power can be cut. I am sure there are ...more »

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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

MANDATORY CPU shutdown @ COB & prioritize IT updates, Save $10M

Here's how to save millions per year by flipping a switch. There is an all encompassing SOP that dictates federal employees leave their computers on (in "locked" mode) at the end of the day. This is a huge waste of electricity (ESPECIALLY if the monitor and speakers are also left on) I understand that the reason for this is so that IT can complete system updates using less bandwidth. However, by dividing the computers ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Generate electricity by walking

"Pavegen" manufactures energy generating sidewalks. I.e. Pedestrians generate electricity (approx 2.1 watts per hour per panel) just by walking. These could be use to generate electricity from foot traffic at security check points, bathrooms, security entryways, tracks or even roadways etc --- anywhere where there is heavy foot traffic. This not only helps with generating electricity but also helps to move the government ...more »

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Department of Defense

Shut Down Computers at Night

All offices are full of computers, but they are kept on to "push patches" at night. They don't sleep since they'd ignore the network commands to wake up, so they stay in a ready state all night drawing approx 80 watts per PC (the monitors sleep, but not the PC itself) yet the patching process only takes a few minutes. We effectively have an incandesent light on for every desk in every room in every building in the DOD. ...more »

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