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Department of the Interior

control lighting costs

Turn off lights that are not in use. This can be done manually, with sensors or by utilizing daylight. This will save money, energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Department of the Interior

eliminate all T-12 and incandescent lamps

T-12 and incandescent lamps can be replaced to initiate cost savings quickly. Any of these lamps that remain should be replaced as soon as possible. Old products should be recycled.

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Department of the Interior

Install programmable thermostats

Install programmable thermostats to make sure that energy use reductions occur when buildings are not in use. Reducing energy used for building space conditioning can result in significant cost savings.

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Department of the Interior

Insulate areas without insulation

Building insulation greatly reduces space conditioning costs. Insulate outside walls, ceilings/roofs and other areas of building envelopes to reduce energy use and save money. Seal cracks to provide a complete insulation barrier.

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Department of the Interior

Turn off and unplug unused equipment

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Department of the Interior

Go For All Quick Payback Energy Savings Measures

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 reduce... more »

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Legislative Branch

Federal Electric Car Charging Stations

Lets have Charging stations at all federal facilities for a monthly subscriber fee. Soon everyone will have an electric car we can can get infront of this now. The employees alone will make it beneficial let alone anyone else that uses them.

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Department of Energy

Pull the string – Use office window shades

Approximately 50% of the U.S. Government’s energy budget is used to heat, cool and move AIR! Windows in leased and owned government offices all around the country are already equipped with simple Levelor-brand and other brand venetian blinds. In almost all cases, these taxpayer-supported blinds are rarely used and just hover silently in their hoisted position at the top of the windowsill year in and out. I suggest a simple... more »

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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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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 »

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Department of Commerce

Flat Screen Televisions - Power them down.

There are now 2 or 3 large flat-screen television monitors in most of our conference rooms. They are left on all of the time and you can feel the heat radiating from them 2 feet away. They are like big, wall-size heaters. If these were turned off when not in use, or at least nights and weekends, the savings would be substantial. This could be automatic of by personnel assignment. Our conference room lights are on... more »

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Legislative Branch

Energy Saver

Here at the USPTO, the lights in the hallways and offices go off automatically after a certain hour at night and on the week-ends, leaving the hallways partially lit. However, someone working late or on a weekend can override the auto shut off system and re-energize an an entire section of the building including full hallway lights, only to have the lights on in one particular office. My idea to conserve energy is to... more »

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Establish parking fees at all federal offices

Establish a parking fee at all federal buildings that currently have free parking for motor vehicles. Parking fees can be patterned after the US Forest Service trail pass fees, where each site would have a self-service permit system for a daily fee, along with a longer term permit fee for yearly use. Fees could be determined using the Forest Services current fee structure - $5 per day or (is it) $30 per year.

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