Legislative Branch

Turn Federal Building Rooftops into Solar Collectors

My suggestion is for every federal building to allocate 20%-30% of its rooftop space for solar energy. Solar cells would be tied into the grids of DC electric companies. As electricity is generated, meters would automatically move backwards saving the federal government money, enough to offset the cost of this equipment within 5-years or less (especially on weekends, when little or no staff is present).

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Department of the Interior

Solar energy

Every flat-top government building receiving sufficient sunlight should have solar panels installed. Solar panels should be installed on risers in large govt parking lots, providing shade for parked cars AND energy. Govt purchase of solar panels will reduce cost of construction (as we did with semiconductors).

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General Services Administration

The KISS Method to energy consumption

Energy use has to be a big expense to our government agencies. Some easy things that we can do to help in this expense are simply to turn it off. At the end of a workday, shut off all lights in work spaces and power down our computers. It can be as easy as, if you’re not using it, turn it off. I can't tell you the amount of lights and unnecessary power consuming items are left on and nobody is using them or even needs... more »

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Department of Energy

Innovative Office Supplies Program - Web-Based Agency Supply Clubs (ASCs)

Innovative Office Supplies Program - Web-Based Agency Supply Clubs (ASCs). This program is easy to implement, produces immediate savings, is quantifiable, reduces significant administrative burden, improves the speed of operations, saves money for taxpayers, and helps the environment. This program can produce widespread savings all across government for as long as government exists because every single employee, Federal... more »

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General Services Administration

Let employees use Amtrak

Govtrip should have special deals set up with Amtrak just like it does with airlines. I was travelling from Boston to DC for training this May. I wanted to take Amtrak, but this was difficult because Govtrip did not have an existing agreement with them.

 

If the government wants to save on energy, encouraging train travel in the Northeast corridor and elsewhere would be a good start.

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Department of Homeland Security

Turn off your flat screen monitors!

There are approximately 216,000 people who work for the Department of Homeland Security. If each employee turned off his computer monitor each day the savings would be considerable. The cost to keep a 19" flat screen monitor on for 24 hours a day is $52.00 per year. The cost to keep the same monitor on for 8 hours a day is $17.33, a savings of $34.67 x 216,000, or $7,488,720 annually. Can you imagine the savings if... more »

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Federal Communications Commission

Stop printing CFRs, e-version is better

Save money? simple, stop printing hard copies of the Code of Federal Regulation. At least here at the FCC, we don't use those books, we use the e-version instead, yet each employee gets full hard copies of Title 47 CFR. This is my third year with the FCC and I have 15 thick books that I don't use because they are all available on the web. In fact, everyone is encouraged to use the electronic version of the code of federal... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Power down computers when not in use!

Encourage computer users to shut down computers at night if they are not in use. This will not only save the power that the computer uses while sitting idle, but it will cause the computer to generate less heat, meaning cooling systems will also use less power as well. A hidden benefit is that the computers will last longer before component failure, as just being on, whether in use or not, ages the computer faster than... more »

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General Services Administration

Business Casual Summer Dress Code + Less A/C

Why are federal employees required to wear suits and ties during the D.C. summer? The summer dress code for all federal workers should be changed to business casual [including golf shirts] and the ambient indoor temperature of office buildings should be increased to 74 degrees. Employees will be more comfortable at work and commuting on mass transit, no more complaints about overly air conditioned offices, and the government... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach •... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Combine Requests for Information to our Customers: i.e. Return Census and Tax Forms Together

The same information is often requested from multiple agencies (name, address, dependents, and income). Where possible combine forms across agencies to consolidate the requests we make of our customers. Immediate benefits will include: • Consolidate requests to our customers (in 2010 we submitted our tax and census requests within weeks of each other) • Reduce duplicate envelope cost, a more “green” approach •... more »

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Department of Energy

Put solar panels on government buildings

Put solar panels on all Government buildings in the South and West to save govt money and reduce mfg costs to encourage private use. It takes ~ 9 years to recoup costs of installing solar panels (not an issue for Govt who stays in buildings for decades). If there was a larger market for solar panels it would drive economies of scale to reduce costs to individuals (for home, small business, etc.).

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