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Legislative Branch

Put your money where your mouth is

There is currently a lot of "green" rhetoric coming from the government these days, and I think it should put its money where its mouth is. My plan would have the current funds being used for subsidies and tax breaks in the energy markets should be diverted towards the purchase of green technologies (ie. smart grid, solar panels, wind turbines, etc.) at federal complexes. A purchase of this size would drive down the... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Making a Difference by Saving Energy and Money

I believe a great way the government could save energy and money would be to put in motion sensored lights. This would work especially well in restrooms, hallways and administrative offices. We would no longer have to rely on employees to turn the lights off. As long is someone is in the office working, in the restroom or walking down a hallway the lights are on. When you exit the area the lights go off. A great... more »

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Energy savings-Laptop instead of desktop computers

Replace desktop computers with laptop computers.
These can be locked ont othe office desks for safety and removed by those who are permitted to use them away from the desk.
According to Natural Resources Defense Council,
"conventional desktop computer with a conventional cathode ray tube (CRT) monitor uses more than five times as much energy as a laptop (570 kWh/yr vs. 100 kWh/yr ).
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Department of Energy

STOP wasting money on GREEN PROGRAMS!!!!

We are an industrial NATION!! Let's end the denial stage and start acting like it! There is a way to be an industrial leader and still be environmentally smart about it! Can we please end all the fraud waste and abuse that is being generated by this idea of GREEN energy!? If the commercial sector wants to pursue these energy sources , then let it!! But there is a reason that only the Government is dumb enough to Waste... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Charge the Market Rate for Parking

This idea applies to ALL federal agencies. All federal employees and visitors should pay the market rate for parking at ALL federal owned and leased buildings. This will encourage the use of public transportation, telecommuting, and carpooling. It will reduce traffic congestion and cost of road maintenance. It will reduce the federal budget deficit.

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Department of Justice

Power Surge Protectors for idle equipment

Even in sleep mode, computers and other electronic devices can use power unnecessarily. I recommend that we use power surges that shutdown idle equipment (e.g. computers and other electronic devices) during extended periods of nonuse. This would be a great way to save money and not impact operations.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

close Friday after Thanksgiving

Close all offices except essential personnel the day after Thanksgiving. Many people use this day and its a waste to operate with lights, energy, guards, etc... for a few people.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Alisha Franczak, RRT, BS (respiratory therapist)

We could reduce the amount of paper we buy if we change all printers in the federal gov't to print DOUBLE SIDED vs. only printing on one side per sheet. This could be done by having IT set all printers to default to print on both sides of paper (employee could manually switch to single sided if needed). We could also implement this with copier machines. If we had complete federal employee "buy-in," we could cut our... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Solar powered LED parking lot lights.

Install small solar panels on all outside parking lot lights, during the day they will charge. You could then use LED lights which work great in directional lighting and use nearly all of the free generated power to light the parking lot lights. This would cut down on electricity

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Department of Homeland Security

Solar chargers for cellphones_Cost savings-Green initiative

Instead of plugging into an electric outlet, solar cellphone chargers use free energy and they will help with cost savings as well as be part of the green initiative. The chargers are of minimal cost and depending upon how many cellphones are charged the cost savings would be very substanitial year after year.

General Rule to estimate total hours of direct sunlights to full charge: (Amperer per Hour of the Battery /... more »

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Department of the Interior

Power Down Your Work Stations (Office)

Turn off all electrical devices at the work stations (office) at the end of your duty schedule. Computers, printers, and lights. Unplug all chargers from outlets, radios, personal heaters, fans, and any other electrical items not government issued used. Even when these items are turned off they still use electricity.

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Department of Energy

Federal Self Sustaining Green Facilites and Bases

Turn large Federal facilities and bases into self-sustaining power plants using green energy such as solar, wind, geothermal, etc. This creates jobs, stimulates the local economy for each large facility, stimulate green initiatives, save money and the enviornment. Excess power can be sold back to the local power companies or used to charge an electric Federal fleet of cars.

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Department of the Interior

Mass Purchase Most Efficient U.S. Auto Each Year

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Legislative Branch

drill for oil!?

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