Department of Energy

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Lifecycle cost analysis

Encourage lifecycle cost analysis for capital improvement projects. Do not focus only on the current budget, but plan for years ahead. If a proposed project (let’s say changing light fixtures) costs 5 million dollars as a one-time cost, and would save 1 million a year, after five years the project will have paid for itself. I am confident the US Government will be here for a while, so why not invest now for cost savings ...more »

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Department of Energy

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Four-Day Work Week

When most agencies went to a Compressed Work Schedule (CWS), Friday's are not very productive (almost a ghost town). If all Federal agencies would go to a 4-10 work week the following savings could be realized: (1) heating/cooling and energy reduction of Federal buildings; (2) reduced maintenance costs of Federal buildings; and (3) less wear and of Federal, State and local highways. In addition to the cost savings to ...more »

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Legislative Branch

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Have a window? Turn off the light!

Last summer, my building had some sort of energy glitch wherein the most of the lights in spaces with windows were shut off. Many people remarked how they actually LIKED it! it was easier on the eyes -- it allowed the soft, natural light to come in and be present, abscent of the overpowering, harsh florescent lighting. Also noted was a change in personalities of co-workers -- more peaceful, happy, less agressive and ...more »

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Department of the Interior

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Replace all fluorescent tubes with LED-tubes

LED-tubes are direct replacements for fluorescent tubes, but do not need ballasts. Thus, LED-tubes can be used in existing fluorescent fixtures (once ballasts are removed), and save about 75% electricity compared to the fluorescent tubes. There are numerous manufacturers, the LED-tubes have 4-6 times longer lifespan than fluorescent, and contain no mercury. The only downsides are: the upfront cost, which is substantially ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Operation Lights Out

Encourage or require all federal employees to turn off all unnecessary lights, computer monitors, copiers, and printers when leaving at night.

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US Agency for International Development

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Heating and cooling in relation to severity of outside temperatures saves energy and money!

Everything is relative. I suggest we provide relative comfort when setting thermostats for heating and cooling. If it's 100 degrees outside, then an A/C setting of 75 or 80 provides plenty of comfort. At 68 or even 70, that's too cold - and makes us want to put on a sweater in summer. In the winter, if the outside temperature is well below freezing, then a thermostat setting of 55 or 60 will feel plenty warm. If it's ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Virtual Computing

I suggest that you mandating virtual computing on all platforms. We have several large IBM AIX based systems that cost millions to purchase, however they are used as dedicated systems instead of virtual systems. We could eliminate several machines if the systems were run in a virtual environment. This would reduce energy consumption, heat generation and equipment cost.

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Social Security Administration

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Save Billions of Budget Dollars by Using Existing Social Security Offices to Administer New Health Care Plan

I suggest you...save several billion of dollars per year by Using Existing Social Security Offices to Administer New Health Care Plan: In order to administer the new health care plan established by Congress, the government will have to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to set up a service network. It can take GSA 2 to 3 years to build out new office space. I suggest that we use the 1200 or so field offices already ...more »

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Department of Justice

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Recycling/Disposal of Excess Computer Equipment/Electronics

Have a central federal agency handle ALL recycling/destruction of excess computer equipment. The current process for excessing computer equipment and securely erasing hard drives (including copier/printer hard drives) is very inefficient and somewhat insecure--options are to have individual sites securely erase all data and then pay to have recycling companies pick it up and THEY profit from any recycling possible or ...more »

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Department of Commerce

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Save money and Carbon by reducing use of GSA

Scale back GSA and change procurement rules to save money and fuel/carbon. This would save money and lots of carbon due to the extra shipping. Currently many agencies must purchase items such as pens and copy paper through GSA, when those prices are far more than Walmart or Staples and the shipping adds much CO2. When federal agencies order paper through GSA, each dept may receive individual shipments, where as Staples/Walmart/other ...more »

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Department of the Treasury

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Require Agency to Implement TeleWork Policy For All Eligible Positions

Increase the number of people working from home by requiring that agencies implement, support, and enforce their policies and allow ALL individuals in positions which have been identified as eligible to work remotely to work from home. Use the pay periods as measures and set up a schedule where half the office works from home on Monday/Wednesday/Friday of the first week and Tuesday and Thursday of the second week and ...more »

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