Department of Energy

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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Department of Energy

let's get off the grid- develop energy solutions for homeowners

develop and commercialize an electricity generating technology such as hydrogen fuel cells for use by homeowners to suplement or replace electricity usage. This would reduce electricity demands on electricity providers and make individual homes and homeowners more self-sufficient. Would be able to integrate with solar and wind technologies depending on local conditions.

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Department of the Interior

Wind Turbines and other green energy

There is a lot of solar panels being placed on facilities yet at my park, we don't have an abundance of sunshine YET we have the highest wind speed averages in the U.S. We should have wind turbines but can't. The government need to consider other types of green energy devices instead of being in their one track mindset. The two green energy devices can work together, less solar panels for a wind turbine and we can capture... more »

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Department of the Interior

Get rid of old buildings that are not being used and not historical.

Eliminate buildings that are not needed and/or review whether they qualify as historical buildings. There is a fish hatchery that is 50 years old and falling apart. It is not used but since it sits on land aquired by my park, it qualifies for historically. It should have just been torn down and naturally revegetated. Yet, there are people trying to obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars just for upkeep on the closed... more »

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Department of Energy

Small changes make a Huge difference....

Each year each Federal organization implement a similiar process locally. Employees submitt ideas on a "SAVE" award that are applicable to their own department or office. I think if every organization implemented just one idea within their own office then the cost savings will be huge. People will feel like their ideas are being heard and are welcomed. Morale could improve and teamwork could be more embraced. Ideas... more »

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Department of Justice

Quicker Death Penalty

If a criminal is sentenced to death by way of jury and beyond any reasonable doubt, I suggest they put the criminal to death within one week.

 

This will seriously cut costs in feeding and housing the enemy to freedom. It will also put the criminal out of their misery much sooner than have them sitting in prison for years.

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Legislative Branch

TURN OFF COMPUTERS WHEN NOT USED!

Turn off computers when not in use. Upgrades could take place once a week, so there is no reason to have every console turned on 24/7. This could be controlled by a remote device that shuts down the computer when no one is logged in, and then starts it up if updates need to take place. There is no need to waste energy

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Executive Office of the President

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible

Mow and remove unwanted vegetation with sheep and goats where possible. Natural vegetation removal through the use of sheep and goats wherever possible is something that could save the government millions annually, reduce pollution, maintenance, gas and oil requirements, while producing lean, healthy protein that needs to be purchased on a regular basis by the government anyway. With advances in portable electric netting... more »

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Department of the Interior

Make lease of public lands benefit the public

Extract more tax revenues from operations that make money from the lease of government lands, if government lands are leased for the purpose of mineral or energy (oil, gas, coal, wind) production, make the leases with the agreement that returns from those ventures will be taxed at a substantially higher rate, and use the money to retire public debt or to directly fund development of alternative energy production or research.... more »

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General Services Administration

Use The Most Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Available For The Application

All US Government agencies and other affected entities (such as grantees and contractors) shall procure increasing percentages of the most fuel-efficient vehicles available for the application, including hybrid-electric vehicles, as part of their annual vehicle acquisition plans. By 2015, at least 50 percent of new light-duty vehicles acquired by each agency and affected entity shall be the most fuel-efficient vehicles... more »

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Department of Transportation

Energy Savings!!!

Power factor optimization which is completely different than power factor correction brings the power as close as possible to unity. Power factor optimization puts capacitors as close as possible to the inductive motor load thus increasing the efficiency of the motor and extending its life thereby reducing Amps/Kilowatts/Kilowatt hours resulting in lower electric bills and minimizing energy waste. Typical energy savings... more »

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Department of Transportation

Replace Single-Flight METRO Escalators With Stairs

According to METRO‚Äôs website 13% of its 588 escalators were not in service today (7/22/10). The majority of those currently being repaired ascend a single flight and the agency spends between $25M-$30M annually (in direct costs) to maintain them. This does not include overhead costs, like energy consumption. Other subway systems utilize stairs for single flights because stairs increase the flow of traffic, are less... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Allow The 100MPG Car By Laws Protecting Invention Sales

Legally stop the buying of inventions/devices that improve the mileage of cars so the technology won't go to waste. There have been patented inventions that increase MPG of a car by 25-200% by various methods. For example, a man designed a motorcycle that got over 400MPG for a Honda contest. Honda gave him a cushy job and destroyed the prototype. This must be stopped so we can have 100MPG cars. You could use legislation... more »

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Department of Energy

Solar/Wind energy generators on top of all Fed buildings

Cover all Federal building rooftops with solar panels and small wind turbines. These would largely be out of sight and would help to reduce the huge energy costs for day to day operations in most of these buildings. In addition, it would establish us as a leader in this technology, create much needed jobs, make us a greener entity as a whole, and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. This would be a great step in the... more »

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