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Legislative Branch

Save Electricity...Paint Roofs White

A recent study I read said that dramatic cost savings could be easily obtained by painting the roofs of buildings white. It seems clear that this would work very well in the southern parts of the country and could be tested at little cost and effort. I propose a demonstration effort at a government complex in the Southern US wherein roofs would be painted white and cooling costs compared to demonstrate the value of... more »

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Department of Energy

Automatic Doors

Only those in need should be able to use the automatic doors. These doors when used suck hot air out in the winter and suck out cool air in the summer because they stand open for approximately 15 seconds. The door regularly break because inconsiderate users overuse them.

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Department of Energy

Powerful Savings: Laptops vice Desktops

Our nation should adapt an Energy Conservation Law such as Japan has done. Looking at the results of Fujitsu, this adjustment will help our nation financially. I recommend we at least give it a shot with one of the smaller branches such as (Coast Guard) to see if such change would benefit our nations needs.

I feel if we were to convert our desktops to laptops and charge our laptops throughout the night and run our... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Light it Up Right

Lighting typically accounts for 25% to 50% of energy use in most buildings. During our summer internship at EPA Region 9, we recognized 2 easy ways to increase lighting efficiency: adopting occupancy sensors and LED bulbs. These methods will result in both energy and cost savings. They have been touted for public use by EPA, DOE, and DOI.

Occupancy sensors are devices, frequently mounted on the wall or ceiling,... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Publish on White House website the results of this effort

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Office of Personnel Management

MANDATORY CPU shutdown @ COB & prioritize IT updates, Save $10M

Here's how to save millions per year by flipping a switch.

There is an all encompassing SOP that dictates federal employees leave their computers on (in "locked" mode) at the end of the day. This is a huge waste of electricity (ESPECIALLY if the monitor and speakers are also left on)

I understand that the reason for this is so that IT can complete system updates using less bandwidth. However, by dividing the computers... 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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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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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Limiting Air Conditioning

I do not know how it is for other offices or agencies, but the Air Conditioning at HUD is overused and a waste. The Temperature is set to a degree, where employees are bringing in their own personal heaters, creating an even bigger wastage. Air conditioning should be at a comfortable level during the Summers, and heat should be limited during the Winters. Employees are just sitting around at their desk most of the time,... more »

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Department of Defense

Automated Lights

Some offices do not allow lights to be turned off at the end of the working day. And some offices have one light switch for multiple offices so if one person is out of the office then their light cannot be turned off or else everyone else's light is turned off as well. I propose that automatic motion sensor light switches be installed. This allows for lights to be turned off when no one is in the office and, at the... 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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General Services Administration

Sustainable Dual Flush Toilets

These toilets have a different button to differentiate between solid and liquid waste. When the lever is pulled up, say for liquid waste significantly less water is used to dispel of the waste. This method is effective and cost efficient. The saving would come in water usage, both in the conservation of the liquid, but in the amount of dollars we pay for it each month. Currently the same amount of water is used for each... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reduce paper - stop use of printouts in meetings

Provide IT departments tablet units, such as Cisco Cius, Apple IPAD, Samsung Galaxy or Blackberry Tablet units which may be used to load presentation and other meeting materials on to stop the use of handouts in meetings. Tablets with wireless capability not only eliminate the handout paper, but also the note taking papers which either clutter desks or fill recycling containers.

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Environmental Protection Agency

FLIP THAT SWITCH ON YOUR POWER STRIP Campaign

Every workday morning when I come into my office, I've got my routine down. I lay down my bag, have a seat on my chair, then I FLIP THAT SWITCH ON MY POWER STRIP! When I leave in the evening, the routine is quite similar. I power off my computer, pick up my bag, then I FLIP THAT SWITCH ON MY POWER STRIP! In order to facilitate my flipping of the switch, I have even arranged so that my power strip is more easilly accesible... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Turn Off - Every other Light Bulb.

Keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). We should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs.Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity. Reduce lighting – Cost Savings.

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