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Put Solar on All Government Roofs when built or repaired

Roofing Projects for new government buildings and for Repairing existing government buildings is expensive, but it would Save a lot of money over time if we added Solar Panels at the same time as roof work is being contracted. The installation costs would be reduced greatly and the electrical savings would more than make up for the smaller construction cost over time and would lower our dependence on energy. It would... more »

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iPAD/ Kindle/ Nook vs Paper

As the world progresses so must the federal government. Purchasing data pads to replace paper (ones you can write and have download/ upload into your computer) would save hundreds of millions of dollars in paper and printing costs.
Security concerns can be addressed easily with the installation of certain features to track and maintain file integrity from outside intrusion. The specifics for that innovation are already... more »

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Automatic computer shutdown and restart.

I recommend installing hardware or software that allows the user to determine the time of day their computers would automatically shutdown and restart. Too often I see computers around our office that have been left on overnight and through the weekends. This has the potential to save over 66% in computer energy use (16 hours a day off, plus weekends).

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Stop Paying Twice for Windows

We buy computers from Dell. Each computer comes with a license from Microsoft. (Sticker with license key) We then buy an Enterprise license to install Windows (any version) on that computer. Dell sells computers without Windows. We can buy our computers without Microsoft licenses, and then install our Enterprise software. (Volume Licensing)

We never use the preinstalled version, and we never use the license key we pay... more »

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Require the use of FEMP Energy Savings Performance Contracts

Maximum use of the DOE/FEMP ESPCs should be made mandatory (not just a recommendation) to conserve and produce as much energy as possible at all federal sites and buildings. The ESPCs provide “self-funding” and easily-authorized energy improvements but are grossly underutilized and largely unknown in the federal system. The ESPCs were established in the mid 1990s to help federal agencies, sites and buildings upgrade... more »

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Federal Government buys local

The White House could develop a program which promotes and encourages Federal Agencies to source products and services from the local community whenever possible if the products/services are available at a competitive market price. The Agencies would see a cost savings by reducing the amount of money spent on freight and shipping of items and the distance federal employees must travel to meet with vendors. There would... more »

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Green Energy - Bloom's Energy Server

Install Bloom Energy Servers (or similar technology) globally on DoD installations. What is a Bloom Energy Server? Built with their patented solid oxide fuel cell technology, Bloom's Energy Server is a new class of distributed power generator, producing clean, reliable, affordable electricity at the customer site. Fuel cells are devices that convert fuel into electricity through a clean electro-chemical process rather... more »

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End of Fiscal Year Spending

Often agencies spend money at the end of the FY so their budget won't be cut by the amount they save. Instead, as a method to cut spending, allow the agency's budget to remain at the same burn rate as previous months, but allow them to not spend as much during the last month of the fiscal year. This will, in particular, save millions in wasted flying time hours when units fly unnecessarily in order to use all their... more »

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DoD LED light usage

Replacing all DoD lighting fixtures with LED fixtures would reduce the energy consumption of all DoD facilities by over 80% immediately. The cost of each fixture is less than $40usd to replace the energy equivalent currently being used. With each individual office holding more than 10 fixtures, this would dramatically decrease all energy consumption to 1/30th saving the DoD millions per installation and assist with "green"... more »

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Set the thermostat to a reasonable stinkin' temperature

When I got to work this morning my office was at 68 degrees (it's supposed to reach the upper 90's today). During this summer it has only gotten to 72 degress once. I wear a hoodie every single day supplemented with a ski headband most of the time because I have an ice cold breeze hitting my ear all day. I have complained locally to deaf ears. Does anybody care about this? It's a ridiculous waste of energy and money and... more »

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Burn trash to generate energy

Technologies exist and are in use today that allows facilities to use waste streams as a source of energy. Technologies like gasification and pyrolysis exist and are in use in places such as ships where trash disposal and power generation are challenges. These systems can be installed at government facilities to not only reduce the amount of waste that needs to be removed, but provide power to the facility.

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Go Green the Corporate Way

Allowing more natural light to enter Bldgs will help reduce energy costs significantly. Installing skylights durable enough to withstand local weather in key common locations such as hallways, waiting areas, conference rooms, auditoriums, etc., will save the DoD millions in energy costs while maximizing mother nature's power. We see this in homes, large corporations, airports, etc, and it works. Corporations have invested... more »

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Using Solar Sterling Systems for power

We usually think about solar panels when we talk about solar energy. Instead we could use Solar Sterling engine for power generations. Current systems out on the market have an efficiency return of 26% with up 30%+ when temperatures are cold; most solar panels are around 10% to 18%. In addition these systems have three advantages over solar panels. One they are already setup for AC power so adding them to the power... more »

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