Showing 58 ideas for tag "energy efficiency"
kudos icon +

Department of Transportation

Bus checkpoints to save millions of gallons of gas

At the NASA Glenn Research Center, it's difficult to find parking anywhere on lab. Many people drive a huge 4-door sedan or SUV, just to drive themselves to work. For many suburbs, RTA buses are not spaced optimally for us and using them takes too long to get to work.

I propose finding under-utilized parking lots at checkpoints strategically located miles away from federal workplaces and use them for employee parking.... more »

Voting

6 likes
Active
kudos icon +

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Give a Hoot Don't Light Pollute

Eliminating Light pollution from all government outdoor lights can save a lot of energy. Using the proper fixture, and high efficiency lamp can save over 50% of the energy in some cases and still do a better job. All new outdoor lighting should be required to be fully shielded. Put the light where it is needed and not into the sky. Although retrofitting existing lighting takes time to pay back, the reduction of energy... more »

Voting

11 likes
Active
kudos icon +

Department of Defense

Issue a laptop!

Currently computers sit unused on desks while people are away, they stockpile in closets in case someone needs one to use, they are located in common areas for visitors, they are located in dorms and breakrooms to use, and some employees are assigned several computers for telecommuting, office, etc. Rather than this insanity, issue each person that requires a computer one at their first installation. They have an assigned... more »

Voting

5 likes
Active
kudos icon +

Legislative Branch

Default Power Save Settings for Computers

Current DHS computers are not set to use hibernate or other power saving features by default. Instead, the run on full power non-stop, wasting energy and reducing the equipment life. Similar Windows machines across the government share these settings. Power saving settings on desktop and laptop computer should be the norm, not the exception.

Voting

4 likes
Active
kudos icon +

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 »

Voting

24 likes
Active
kudos icon +

Department of Homeland Security

Light bulb conversion - Coast Guard Cutters

I have over 2011 florescent light bulbs on my ship, the USCGC MELLON. Our data suggests that if we were to convert these lights from fluorescent lights to energy efficient light emitting diodes, we would "break even" in 16 months and save the Coast Guard 194,000 dollars over five years. If you translate that to the other 9 sister ships we have in this class alone, we would save 1.9 million dollars in fuel and power cost... more »

Voting

11 likes
Active
kudos icon +

Department of Homeland Security

Pay the SAVE Award Winner a percentage of the savings...

Pay the winner of the SAVE Award contest a percentage of the savings that their idea generates in improving the quality of government output at lower costs or efficiency.

This financial incentive would launch the potentiality and the dynamic energy of the brain power of more than 2-million federal employees located around the world.

What should be the amount of the financial incentive for an individual winner or group... more »

Voting

61 likes
Active
kudos icon +

Department of Homeland Security

SAVE AWARD implemented and administered at the Department level

Each department would be responsible for implementing an electronic “suggestion box” for their employees.

 

If employees can see and submit ideas online at their department web site throughout the year it would result in two positive developments: employees would contribute their ideas more often, and management of that department would less likely dismiss the suggestions of their employees.

Voting

16 likes
Active
kudos icon +

Department of Homeland Security

Turn Off - Every other Light Bulb.

Keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). We should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs.Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity. Reduce lighting – Cost Savings.

Voting

12 likes
Active
kudos icon +

Department of Transportation

No more sweaters in the summer!

If you check on your closest thermostat in your office, you would find the temperature to be around low 70s. Looking around you would see many of your colleagues wearing knitted sweaters while some even have their personal heaters trying to keep themselves warm, but glancing at the calendar in front of you, you then realize it is actually in the middle of summer!

Simply raising the temperature by 2 to 3 degrees can reduce... more »

Voting

26 likes
Active