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Department of Veterans Affairs

Conserve Electricity

Turn off lights in buildings during evenings and weekends. Realizing that cleaning and maintenance crews need to be in after hours but when they are gone there is no need for lights in offices to be left on. We leave computers on at night and weekends, they are powered down to a login screen but none are shut off. All equipment is left on and in a stand-by mode never completely shut down. Internal lights and lights... more »

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Legislative Branch

Continuity of services, Work From Home and Money Savings

The President has asked agencies to review means to provide "Continuity of Services" in a crisis. Well the first crisis is here, the price of doing business has significantly increased this year just because of rising fuel and eletric rates.
My Idea is to expand on the excellent idea the president has for Continuity of Services by mandating that all agencies that can provide work from home options begin doing so now.... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

Mandate Electrical Demand Reduction During Off-Duty Hours

Mandate via Presidential Directive: all federal offices, employees and contract staff once off-duty shall turn off monitors (not simply sleep mode), fans, cubicle lighting, overhead lighting, ceiling lighting and all other non-essential electrical devices.

Too many lights, fans & monitors remain on after hours. The savings will be tens of millions of dollars (or more). This will also create added synergy in regard... more »

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Department of Defense

Simple Solar Idea for Military Installations

Cover the roofs of large buildings on military installations with solar panels. The enormous square footage of these roofs presents an "already-in-place" platform for solar energy generation. No additional space would be required for solar farms, wind turbines (which would be impractical due to the danger posed to flight operations), etc. Just use the space we already have. This would drastically reduce the strain... more »

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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 Defense

Alternate Work Schedule & Telework Mandate

With roughly two million federal civilian employees, of which 15% (~300,000+) work in the Washington DC Metro area, demand put on the daily infrastructure (I-66, I-95, etc) is substantial. Currently, most personnel would work a normal 40 hour work week (5 days x 8 hours). If an AWS (Alternate Work Schedule) was put in place, where each employee would work eight, 9 hour days and one, 8 hour day per pay period, this would... more »

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Department of Labor

Saving on Electricity Costs

During the summer months, many federal government buildings turn approximately half of the lights out in the hallways to conserve energy and put less strain on local power grids. I propose that this practice be adopted year round. During the work day, it is not necessary to keep all of the lights on in our hallways. Alternating lights that are on and those that are off provides enough light to see clearly even though... more »

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Department of Defense

Electricity

A while ago Keesler AFB implemented CWS, also called down fridays, in order to save on electrical costs. How it works is that every other Friday all clinics in the hospital are closed down and the work day is extended from the average M-F 0700-1600 to M-F 0700-1700 and M-F 0700-1700 every other week. The only work stations that are not effected by this schedule change were, the Inpatient Units, The E.D., and the Lab.... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Turbine system in boilers and attics to create electricity

Some VA centers use a boiler system to heat the facility and heat water. One way to generate its own elecricty would be to install generators or turbines in the boiler stacks. This would generate electricity 24 hr a day. Since heat rises simply install the turbine or fan blades in the boiler stacks and as the heat rises it will turn the blades generating electricity. Another idea would be to install small turbine generators... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Saving Electricity thru Behavior Modification

Our building lease for office space includes utilities like heating, cooling, water, and electricity, but because those utilities costs for our consumption are charged back to the government, then we should send out periodic reminders to all staff (both federal and contractors) reminding them to reduce waste and promote economical and environmentally friendly use of utilities. For example, our overhead fluorescent lights... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services - IMB

Got Power?

Waste incineration can be done at the massive federal complexes like already done at hospitals.

Also being done in Virginia. Set up furnaces to incinerate the office waste including print and then use steam turbines to generate electricity. Incinerate papers un-shredded (!) as well as those daily litter generated at our workplaces, cafeterias and yard care.

For now they end up in landfills someplace far away, ‘shredded’... more »

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Department of Justice

Conserve Power and water

In my ventures as a government employee I do see a lot of waste in electricity and water. I have noticed a sink in the bathroom of my office building that has run nonstop since I moved to this location a year and a half ago, if that was my sink at home I would have had a heart attack when I got my water bill, even after it has been reported to the building repair staff it goes unfixed, and we are asking the American people... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Energy Conservation: Turn off unneeded lights - use timer/sensor

Indoor lights are often left on in Federal buildings all night or week-end. People have varying schedules and generally do not take responsibility for turning lights out when they leave work. I recommend that after working hours, designated core lights be left on, but that most lights operate on a timer and/or motion detector.

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Department of Homeland Security

Alternating - Light Bulbs (Turn off every other bulb).

We may be using Fluorescent light bulbs, but we should continue to alternate bulb use like we did prior to using Fluorescent light bulbs. We should keep some lights bulbs Off while others light bulbs are On (alternating bulbs). Thus still providing enough lighting to do the job while conserving Electricity; Reducing lighting where necessary.

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Department of Homeland Security

Heating/Cooling - Cut Thermostat Up to 10 degrees

I noticed people wearing coats/sweaters in the summer. By setting thermostat back up to 10 degrees saves up to 20% on Cooling/Heating bill. We conserve energy where ever possible at home; the same should apply at work.

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