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Department of Homeland Security

Fax machines are soo 1985

Axe the fax! Federal agencies have the ability to send and receive scanned documents via email through secure systems. Eliminate the use of the fax machine across the Federal Government! Doing so will erase all fax machine purchases and repair costs and reduce the amount agencies spend on toner, telephone lines, and long distance calls. Imagine the savings!

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Save millions by reducing printers

You can reduce the amount of printers that are used throughout the Federal Government. I see people complain because they have to walk 10ft to get a printed document. Some will use the excuse that nobody can see what I am printing. To resolve that would be to purchase larger copiers that require codes to be used for each employee to print. This will reduce the TCO and should see an immediate ROI. It will reduce paper... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Eliminate paper receipts

For GSA smartpay charge cards, paper receipts are required to be maintained for three years in folders organized by reconciliation date. Additional paperwork is also required for many purchases. Most of my receipts are now electronic, and I end up printing out the receipts for the folder. I have asked the purchase card program officials if we could switch to keeping only electronic receipts (avoiding the redundant... more »

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Department of the Interior

Passive Power Loads

Investigate the replacement of equipment that requires a passive electrical load be on when the equipment in not being used and in the off condition with equipment that is fully off when not in use. It has been stated in advertisements in California that the passive loads in Califronia along equal the output of at least one nuclear power plant. Expand that to the entire federal government and it is considerable.

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Department of the Interior

Low Hanging Fruit

Turn focus on those areas that are tough to solve but return the most bang for the buck. A great deal of human resource energy and costs is spent attempting to cut costs, improve efficiencies and conserve energy. An example is the aount of effort given to reduce fuel expenditures of entire fleets of roadway vehicles while very little or nothing is done to reduce the enormous fuel & polution of helicopters. It is quantifiable... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Efficient & Sanitary Washrooms Save Water, Electricity, & Trees

The following suggestion can be applied to all washrooms in buildings owned and rented by the federal government:
All washrooms should be equipped with low-water usage toilets and urinals. Toilets should have different flow levels for solid and liquid waste. No-water (dry) urinals should be used where feasible. Faucets/taps should be fitted with water aeration filters to reduce water usage. Faucets/taps should... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Cruise Control SAVES Millions

While I understand why we use compact (or smaller) cars, an unfortunate side effect is that it is usually not possible to rent one with cruise control. This is not just a convenience. DOE's fueleconomy.gov says "Using cruise control on the highway helps you maintain a constant speed and, in most cases, will save gas," and the FTC and EPA make similar statements at their websites. The question is how much gas would... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Landscaping - Native Plants

The use of native plants for landscaping around government buildings would save a significant amount of money. The cost savings would come from the lower prices of native plants, and the substantially less maintenance required for them. Native plants will not need fertilizer, herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, and water (after the first planting). Native plants have longer lifespans and will not need replacement... more »

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Department of the Interior

Use 100% Post Consumer Waste Paper

There is a paper company I've found here in San Francisco called New Leaf Paper that produces 100% post consumer waste (PCW) paper. We've been using their paper for publications and day to day copying. Why not purchase this sustainable paper. We found they even cost $30 cheaper per box. We've informed the vendor how to get on the Central Contracting Registration, but until then all of the paper we seem to get is only... 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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Department of Commerce

Decrease energy usage

Install emergency lights in hallways to reduce power use and movement activiated lights in all offices and bathrooms so that they are automatically shut off when no one is around; after 20 minutes of inactivity all computers go to energy saver mode; 6pm-6am, weekends, and holidays minimal lights in main areas and cut AC/heat aka "Go Greeen"; and move towards Fridays telework and "Go Green" all day on Fridays - thus reducing... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Eliminate personal printers, Save $9 Million Annually

Personal Printers are, quite possibly, the single biggest waste of government resources.

It costs $9.44 annually to power one small desktop printer used at a minimal rates. *

In my office alone I count over 100 personal printers, and this is in addition to the two dozen or so massive laser printers (which, themselves cost around $100 apiece annually)

By eliminating all of the personal printers in just this office... 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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Office of Personnel Management

Save $96M per year by using 1/4 less lighting (electricity)

Fluorescent lights are relatively economical but what they save per bulb is lost by volume and duration.

The electricity used to power 1 Bulb costs approximately 15$ per year**

In one small part of my office (that houses approximately thirty employees), I count 36 light fixtures. That’s 72 lights --- or an electrical cost of $1,152 annually.

That’s $38.40 per employee annually, JUST for the electricity that powers... more »

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