Department of Energy

Department of Energy

Reduce Energy Costs

Raise the temperature inside the buildings by at least one degree in the the summer and decrease it one degree in the winter. This makes for a more comfortable environment, reduces energy costs, and is evironmentally conscious

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Ink/Lead Remover machine

I suggest inventing, if there isn't one already invented, a type of ink cleaning machine. It would work as follows: All paper that has printed ink on it and is no longer usable or necessary to the agency or user, will be fed thru an ink remover machine. After it passes thru the machine, it would then make the paper 100% reusable. If this machine is not possible. Then I suggest lead toner, which would be placed in printers.... more »

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Locality pay

Provide the option of working from home / from a government office location closer to home instead of locality pay adjustments.

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Ergonomic Issues Extend Beyond the Workplace

Provide ergonomic training, evaluation, and equipment for federal and contractor employees that telecommute to ensure employee safety and prevent injuries and/or loss of productivity/work time. Ergonomic issues typically not address for the increasing proportion of employees working while traveling or telecommuting from home offices.

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Save through education

Hello, I’m in the process of getting downsized out of the Navy after 10 years of service. Before I submit my idea I’d like to state a sad state of affairs for the American people. They are downsizing Americans out of the Navy while those from birthplaces elsewhere (non-Americans) are aloud to remain in service. Philippines in particular are able to retire from the American military and go back home (to the Philippines)... more »

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Enegy and Carbon Footprint

Develop an energy and carbon footprint for each government agency. This can include direct energy used like building energy use & energy for business travel, with requisite carbon footprint. Also develop a baseline for indirect energy use such as commuting, home energy use, contractor energy use, energy in supplier products, etc. With a footprint/baseline to measure where each agency (and each of their facilities)... more »

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Offset the carbon footprint of government travel

Enable the use of a carbon footprint offset for federal government travel through the use of a carbon calculator on each agency's travel booking Web site. Federal employees would be able to offset the footprint created by their travel to meetings or conferences by purchasing credits from approved projects around the country. These projects are managed by a reputable organization that specializes in offering carbon... more »

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Regional DOE Offices

I suggest reestablishing regional offices with the objective of working more closely and seamlessly with State and local government and industry in implementing DOE's many programs involving research, demonstration, training and education. Since DOE's funding only represents a small portion of the total investment being made by renewable and energy efficient energy industries for new and improved technologies, products... more »

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Use of Smaller Envelope

When letters on regular paper 8 1/2 X 11 inch paper, it is mailed in the regular envelope of size called number 10 or of the size 9 1/2 X 4 1/8 inches of envelope. I suggest that if only one paper is to be mailed (which is true most of the time), then use the smaller envelope of the size 6 1/2 X 3 1/2 inch size. All one has to do is do one more folding of the paper. This will not only decrease use of the paper but... more »

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Carbon sequestration

Bury all the paper the government uses instead or recycling. This will 1) save the cost of recycling, and 2) reduce the chemicals used in recycling, and 3)sequester the carbon in the paper underground reducing the overall CO2 in the atmosphere.

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Government Grid

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FPI) relies heavily on Federal Prison Industries to provide inmates with vocational training and reduce idleness. FPI has been losing money and is under critical scrutiny as mandatory source for government purchase. In keeping with the President's initiatives for renewable energy, I am proposing FPI be issued authority to own and operate an inter-governmental grid for all of government.... more »

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Increasing environmental awareness

Create a link to the organization's website that illustrates how much money is saved by simple changes in practices (i.e. turning off a computer monitor, appliances and lights that are not in use, taking the stairs instead of the elevators, and so on) and its effects on the environment

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Eliminating Personal Applicances in Offices

I suggest you make it government wide to eliminate all of the personal coffee pots, toasters, microwaves, and refrigerators in personal offices. There should be a common area for these things (were applicable) and the impact would be cost savings for the government. The situation is out of control and there should be some sort of permit system if there is a need for an individual to have these items in their office.

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Test and Evaluation Processes

The Defense Department has formal Test and Evaluation processes to provide improved technical, cost, and schedule performance for their projects. Test and evaluation processes are controlled throughout project development to ensure that sufficient technical progress has been made before performing additional project actvities. These test and evaluation processes serve a key role in either preventing cost overruns and... more »

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