Showing 10 ideas for tag "reducing costs"

Department of Homeland Security

Alternating - Light Bulbs (Turn off every other bulb).

We may be using Fluorescent light bulbs, but we should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs. We should keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity; Reducing lighting where necessary.

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Department of the Interior

Change Building Temperatures

Require warmer facility temperatures in summer and cooler facility temperatures in winter. Encourage people to dress appropriately for the season. Most facilities could change their temperatures a degree or two with little difference in occupant comfort. Over the entire federal government a huge cost savings can be recognized. Unoccupied spaces can be adjusted more significantly.

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General Services Administration

Reducing Paper Waste on Initial Employment Papers

This idea is stemmed by my recent acquirement of a gym membership.

When you first come to an organization, whether it is public or private, you have a ton of paperwork to complete. This paperwork relates to setting up your direct deposits, retirement allocations, and benefits. When I joined the federal work force, I had to fill the same papers multiple times, and some forms had the carbon paper in it. It was a lot... more »

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Department of Energy

Do not put PV panels on Roofs

PV Paybacks are long especially if all costs are considered and not what is spent by the agency (subsidies just take money from other investment opportunities with potentially greater paybacks). With that said, if we are going to do it don't do it on roofs. We have enough problems with roofs and installing PV panels on them will probably make them worse. Also roof replacements become very expensive if PV panels must... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Faxmail

Prior to working for the federal government, I spent approximately five (5) years employed in the private sector. A growing practice was the implementation of faxmail. The idea is simple: an individual is assigned a phone number, and when he/she receives a fax, it goes directly into his/her email inbox.

With the goal of creating a paperless work environment, the receipt of an electronic fax will create an instant savings... more »

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Legislative Branch

Supplies Sharing

Many offices maintain office supplies and equipment, and have an excess of items that are often new and barely used. In many instances, these items go unused or shelves, and will, at some point, be discarded or donated. Yet, it is likely that someone within the Federal Government has need of them now. Rather than placing an order for items, or going without, what if a database were created for listing and describing... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Billions in savings with LEAP for CBP

Change CBP to LEAP (law enforcement availabilty pay). This would eliminate the 15% & 20% night pay differentials & take out the 50% Sunday pay. It would cost 25% more pay to every officer, but you could eliminate the overtime, which costs hundreds of millions a year, or nearly a billion dollars per year. Over ten years we are looking at nearly 10 billion in savings. It would change the system by having all officers sheduled... more »

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Department of the Interior

Energy Audit Measures Could Save $5 billion

Energy Audits are complete for a large number of federal facilities. These energy audits produced numerous recommendations that can produce savings at a rapid rate. Some of these measures will pay for themselves in less than a year and begin saving money after that point and far into the future.

All measures with a payback of less than five years should be implemented immediately. These energy savings measures will... more »

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Department of Justice

Laptop or Desktop

Most all employees in the Department of Justice, and possibly other Federal agencies, are designated a desktop computer (monitor(s), keyboard, and mouse), Blackberry, and laptop computer. Many employees that receive a laptop may work from home 2 or 3 times per year. This a potentially an enormous and wasteful expense. Not only are laptops potentially expensive to purchase, but IT offices must set up each laptop and... more »

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Department of Commerce

Save ~$20 Million/Day in Energy Costs with Scheduled Outages

The Federal Government is the Nation’s largest single energy consumer and occupies over 3 billion square feet of office space. Executive Order 13514 charges agencies with increasing energy efficiency and reducing operating expenses in Federal buildings by 3% per year. Many agencies already cut the HVAC power or office lights after regular working hours and on weekends. However, there are several periods throughout the... more »

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