Department of Energy

Department of Energy

Use of motion sensing lights in federal buildings

Install motion sensing lights in federal buildings to reduce power consumption during non-duty hours and in areas of low activity.

 

When passing federal buildings in the DC area late at night, office lights are on with nobody at their desks working. Understanding that there are security concerns with no lights on, motion sensing lights would be ideal.

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Realigning the focus of IG audits

The DOE Inspector General should refocus/relign their activities to their core mission of inspecting and auditing for fraud waste and abuse. In the past few years, they have strayed beyond this core to conduct audits that would be accurately categorized as compliance based audits in safety management functional areas; such audits are really independent oversight that is not conducted per the appropriate processes (i.e.... more »

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Military Base Power

Install shore based nuclear power plants and solar / wind turbines at the end of each pier. Utilizing Navy personel for training and effectively use of shore duty billets and eliminating need for commercial power rates.

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Solar Airfield Lighting

Replace airfield lighting systems with individual unit solar powered LEDs. Already utilized by several ICAO locations. Initial buy-in costs would be recuperated in approximately 10 years time depending on the variable costs of established airfield maintenance and energy. No real estate needed for solar farm, each unit generates and stores power. Airfields are typically largest power drain on installation facilities.... more »

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Retrofit Buildings to New Green Energy Efficient HVAC Technology

Almost 40% of the world's use of energy is to heat, ventilate and air condition (HVAC) buildings. I offer a license for use of patented technology, towards converting all or most government buildings to new, low installed cost, green, simple, energy-efficient HVAC systems, using high volume low pressure superchrger technology, combined with air vortex tubes. This implementation would save the government vast energy costs... more »

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Nikola Tesla's Ideas

Why don't we look at Nikola Tesla's ideas of free energy? They seemed to be a good idea 100 years ago before plutocrats got in his way.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaxD_4n3KMg,

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Encourage Energy Conservation Among Government Workers

I suggest you launch an energy-conservation campaign that simply encourages government workers to turn off electrical devices not in use. I constantly see computer workstations, fans, and lighting on at night and over weekends. Lights are routinely on in occupied areas where ambient lighting is sufficient, and in unoccupied areas such as conference rooms, break rooms, and refrigerator rooms. Without asking workers to... more »

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Negotiating during Competitive Procurements

I suggest that we change procurements rules to allow agencies to negotiate with offerors during competitive procurements for major systems. Currently, during competitive procurements for major systems, the Government is allowed to hold "discussions" to identify weaknesses in offeror proposals, but the Government is not allowed to negotiate with individual offerors in competitive procurements. This is completely the... more »

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Enhanced Use Lease Partnership With Utility Companies

Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) will allow federal and DoD installations to leverage existing land for supporting alternative energy initiatives by utility companies. These installations could then be taken off the grid, reduce carbon footprint, and provide for cheaper utility rates for all by having alternative energy infrastructure closer to the point of need. Alternative benefit would be utility companies can meet required... more »

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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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Real Time Pricing for Electricity Rates Can Save Hundreds of Billions

Investigate/Implement Real Time Pricing for electricity rates for all local, state, federal, DoD facilities to include military, education, etc... 10% annual cost savings realized at Naval Support Activity Panama City FL earned. This could be worth hundred of billions to the country. Shift hours of operation to non-peak hours.

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Green Lighting

I suggest that all new government buildings be constructed utilizing "daylighting" technology in place of flourescent lighting where practical. "Daylighting" refers to the use of products ranging from skylights to polycarbonate glass substitutes. These products spread light efficiently throughout the day while blocking UV rays. This would significantly cut energy consumption during daylight hours while encouraging... more »

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Energy Savings

We have thousands of government buildings, and millions of fluorescent lamps. In my building we have the double bulb lamps. If you loosen one the other will still provide adequate lighting. This provides a ready spare on hand. You do this to all of our buildings and cut your lighting savings by half. Additionally you will have less UV exposure indoors.

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restructure save award to make it REALLY count

Restructure the save awards to automatically group like ideas into one category. The categories would be broad (i.e.: telecommuting, lighting, IT energy use, etc. ). Voting would be based on categories. There are too many similiar or identical ideas submitted (and voted for or against) and many that have already been implemented by many agencies. This award should be about BIG changes that would have significant benefits... more »

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