Department of Defense

Lower the voltage to save energy

Lower the voltage on the "electrical services" to buildings to save energy, on DOD Activities that operate and maintain their Electrical Utility Systems". Taking each building separately and lowering the tap connections or a manual selector "tap changer" adjustments at the "pad" or "pole" mount transformers that provide the electrical service to the buildings. As the voltage is decreased- the current or amperage will ...more »

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Department of Energy

Smart Power Strips in all Federal Government Facility made mandatory

I suggest that we issue a directive to install "smart strips" on every power outlet (minus critical systems that need to remain on 24hrs such as medical devices, refrigeration systems, etc) in all federal buildings. First, "smart strips" are power strips that turn power completly off when it detects no activity. The Federal Gov't wastes a lot of money by leaving computers, printers, copiers, radio's, tv's, fans, speakers, ...more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Kill the Jacket and Tie and Save Energy

In an effort to cut energy costs, relax the jacket and tie culture of government offices to allow for office buildings to have the thermostat set at 72 deg F or higher during the summer. Most desktop computers do not need to be cooled at 69 deg F. Conference rooms could be set at a cooler temp when in use but general office spaces are often chilly and require sweaters or jackets during the day, even when it is 90 deg ...more »

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Legislative Branch

Revist the prison island solution as it worked with Australia. We could use Mars.

Australia is a unique among the nations of the world because it originated as a prison island. In the 17th and 18th century the British took their common criminals and other prisoners halfway across the world to Australia. There they would leave them with some supplies, and the prisoners, all alone, began to cultivate the island. Also many of the prisoners became shepherds. They began to raise many, many sheep. Sheep ...more »

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Department of Defense

Shut down PCs

Enforce a shutdown policy of all desktop computers that are not active and in use at the end of normal working hours (implement in software, no human interaction required). All modern PCs can be woken up remotely to run updates, etc and shut down again. This will not only save electricity, but make our networks less vulerable to attack.

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Department of Energy

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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Department of Energy

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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Department of Defense

Telework for all Federal Gov't and DoD

Radical expansion of Telework policy will increase employee retention/satisfaction while grossly descreasing transportantion and other costs associated with operating facilities. Positive impacts will be seen environmentally, energy wise, cost of doing business, opportunity costs, personal expenses, etc... However, we should understand some organizations and positions are required to be performed in person depending ...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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