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Department of Defense

solar water heating

Most military structures use hot water not only for bathrooms/showers, but also for heating. A properly sized/located solar water heater system could be used to heat this water year around (excluding extreme latitudes). Large aircraft hangers would be the most cost effective locations to modify first as their large roof area and abundance of sunlight (even during winter months) could supply generous amounts of solar heat... more »

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Department of Energy

lawn watering

DOE now operates lawn sprinklers in full daylight--bad idea! increased temps lead to increased evaporation (less water into the ground), and possibly burning the plants (due to refraction of light on water drops on plants). Operate water sprinklers just before dawn---more of the water will soak in, and it won't encourage fungal growth (as watering after dark can). Potential savings in water use!

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Department of Justice

Going green for Federal Prison Facilities

As an employee for the Federal Prison System, and working at FCI Ft Dix, I have noticed possible ways for the Prison to save costs on energy and water consumption, that not only can save for this institution, but other institutions across the country. The Bureau of Prisons has 116 facilities and houses approximately 217,137 inmates. When looking at the population number, that can be viewed as a small city population,... more »

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Department of Energy

Reduce Drinking Fountain Water and Energy Waste

This is a simple idea, but I think it can make a big impact if implemented across the Federal government. I am a graduate intern and am quite busy right now (work, thesis, etc.) so I have not been able to further research this idea, unfortunately. I think the analysis is worth doing, though, and would happy to assist with such research in the future. So here is my idea:

Water drinking fountains are wasteful; unless... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Help environment and save money

Instill low flow toilets and urinals in high area use bathrooms throughout VA. Add water flow restrictors to existing faucets. Because these are high use areas, the toilets will pay for themselves in 3-6 months and then will start saving money. They will also reduce water usage significantly. Faucet flow restrictors will help save money right away and are very easy to install.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Automatic flush toilets

Automatic flush toilets have recently been installed in the government office where I work. These fixtures are equipped with two methods of flush control: a laser motion sensor triggered by movement within a certain range, and a secondary manual control. The manual functions with options both to flush using less water and for full flushes. The motion sensor arrangement, frequently flushes both while the stall is occupied... more »

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Legislative Branch

Congress Cuts the White House Lawn

Here at Hoover Dam wasting water is a big issue. So than why do we have a lawn and all of its associated costs in front of our Regional Offices? I propose that to save costs and water we return the lawn back into desert landscape.
Even further still, I propose we save money by cutting back on all lawn services including the ones at the White House. If there are any complaints than we should have our Congressmen do... more »

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Department of Energy

Stop flushing urinals! Seriously!

This isn't really a call to change any government policy...more of a call for common sense among my fellow environmentally-conscious men.

My humble suggestion is that men should stop flushing urinals after every single trip to the bathroom. Too often I see people go for literally three seconds and then press the lever. It's an epic waste of water and an enduring pet peeve of mine, but it's not like I can give offenders... more »

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