Everybody wants to save energy and be more efficient, but a lot of people just don't know how much money they are actually saving by doing something as simple as turning a light off. With that in mind, it seems like it would be a better idea of making people more aware of how much money they are saving the government by doing these simple tasks. An email could be sent out once a week that shows a graph of how much money/energy is being saved by each agency as compared to a base-line performance average that could be calculated for each agency by looking at the amount of money spent on supplies/utilities in the past 10 years. At the end of the year, the agency that earns the highest percentage of utilities/money saved as compared to their base-line would be the winner. By doing something as simple as making people more aware of how much money they can help the government save, people will understand and try harder, I believe. Also, as an incentive, the winning agency could allow every employee an extra day or two off that year. As a way to use the money saved, a 10 percent of the saved money could then be donated to a non-profit organization (of the winning agency's choice by popular vote) that is committed to helping others, such as AIDS patients or homelss children. Another 10-20 percent of the saved money could then be allocated to a national scholarship fund that could be set up for potential college students going into a science field. This would help increase the number of younger and uprising scientists in the US.
Idea No. 13732