How would you like to save billions of dollars with one flick of your finger? There are many pieces of government owned equipment that continue to draw power even though there is no use for them during off-duty hours. According to epa.gov (http://www.epa.gov/climateleaders/documents/events/11feb_plugloads.pdf) these “power vampires” account for 10-15% of commercial power use. Monitors for example, even while off, ...more »
I suggest we have a "Green" day where we turn off any lighting or power sources not needed for the day such as, overhead lighting, unused printers, or anything that absorbs power. We could also do Team "Green" day where we go out and plant a tree, at the local park or location of choice. Additionally we can create information booths for anyone to ask questions about what we do, or how we are working as an agency to conserve ...more »
Convert all external Federal lighting to LED lights.
A Clinton Foundation Study suggests a $10 million annual savings for the City of Los Angeles with an initial cost of $57 million. The Federal Government may see similar savings.
Reduce electric costs. Replace always-on lighting in common areas, lodging, housing, dormitories with motion-sensor based lighting. This will reduce electric usage and light pollution.
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.
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 »
The EPA should quit politics and enforce clean air rules at ALL coal power plants. The technology exists for coal fired plants to put out cleaner air than they take in. It just has to be installed at all the coal power plants. Forget the cost and force them to install clean air stacks and scrubbers. No more lying cap and trade for people to rich off of and keeping poluting the air. The time to clean the air is now, ...more »
Computer Power Saving SAVES over 200 million a year. Sleep mode allows the computer to basically shut off except it saves all the work on the desktop after a set time frame. Suggestion would be one hour of inactivity. The user then would only need to press the space bar and the computer is on and able to be logged into to continue work. Most users are instructed to leave computers on all the time for updates etc. ...more »
Determine Computer Workstation Power-Saving Profiles based on Mission and apply a general power saving policy "sleep mode" to computers after being inactive for a max of one hour. Wake-On-Lan technology could be used to wake the machines for 'scheduled tasks' & updates. If a user hasn't typed anything in an hour, they should be patient enough to wait for the computer to spend 2-3 minutes waking up & restoring their session. ...more »
We could save millions of dollars in costs just by building better facilities and improving existing facilities and equipment to be more eco-friendly. Currently the El Paso Border Patrol station is an example of the improvements that can be made in this area by using eco-friendly materials as well as solar power which currently supplies almost 20 % of the stations power needs. By utilizing solar power for facilities ...more »
DHS has an estimated 200,000 employes and contractors who use laptops and desktop computers for their work every day. But when workers leave the office, many of them do not take the time to shut down their computer. This naturally begs the question: how much money could DHS save by remotely turning off idle computers? Assumptions: -10% of workers leave their computers on overnight (20,000) -The average computer uses ...more »
Eliminate unnecessary lighting. Install motion detectors to control lighting in frequently unoccupied areas, such as restrooms and copy rooms. Also turn off equipment when it's not being used.
We do most of our heavy computing on Unix clusters or other multiuser platforms. Nevertheless, our desktop computers are high power-using machines. These machines can draw 300 Watts or more. Since these machines are generally only needed for office software and connecting to servers, they do not need to be high power machines. They can use low power machines that draw less than 100 Watts. Also these machines will create ...more »
When you MUST use batteries, why not use rechargeable batteries instead of spending money on the thousands of batteries used in devices across the Federal Government? Some may say "just don't use devices that require batteries", so this applies to those situations where you just can't avoid using such a device. If a pack of "AA" batteries cost $6.00, using rechargeable batteries just 20 times would save the Government ...more »
Please Note: This proposal is not intended as a formal paper and is more akin to a rough draft. All numbers used are estimates using anecdotal evidence that was available during the Save Award submission period. This proposal addresses two usages of power with the potential for significant savings in energy and government costs with minimal cost of implementation. Simple estimation techniques are applied from observed ...more »