Department of Energy

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.

Voting

0 votes
Active

Department of Commerce

Provide more natural lighting to interior offices.

The USPTO buildings (completed in 2004) were designed so that most of the interior space receives no natural lighting. This includes half of the offices, most of the conference rooms, and most of the break rooms.

 

Installing windows in the top 1/3 of the interior office walls would allow for privacy while providing natural light from the window offices.

Voting

0 votes
Active

Department of Health and Human Services

Decreasing Light Bulb Usage

I suggest that for every flourescent and other lighting fixtures, we take out at least half of the bulbs (i.e,, go from 4 to 2), particularly in common areas. This will save money on replacing the bulbs, save electricity, and most likely save on cooling since it will be less energy in the room. By just take out the two bulbs, it really does not make a difference in the lighting of the area.

Voting

3 votes
Active

Legislative Branch

Encourage "Powering Down" at the end of the day

Walk by any federal office building on any weeknight and it looks as though nearly all of the employees are burning the midnight oil. While these employees are undoubtedly hard workers, in reality most just haven't turned off the lights in their offices. It's estimated that 25% of an organization's electricity costs come from lighting. A government-wide movement to "Power Down" at the end of the day has the potential... more »

Voting

13 votes
Active

Department of the Treasury

Window Films

We all know that in many instances the costs of heating and cooling a building/home is the biggest component of our utility expenses. (Per the California Energy Commission, 30% of a structure’s cooling requirements are due to solar energy entering through glass) Now consider that many gov't offices are located in buildings/structures that were built years ago under previous building code/standards. When exposed to... more »

Voting

18 votes
Active

Department of Transportation

Use of Energy Saving Light Bulbs

We have all heard that 'flourescent' light bulbs are the way to go in order to save money on our electric bills. It is correct in saying that flourescent saves huge amounts of money over incandescent light bulbs. But, what I am proposing takes it to an even better level. I propose that we slowly replace all of our incandescent and flourescent light bulbs with 'LED' light bulbs. Because it is a relatively new introduction... more »

Voting

5 votes
Active

General Services Administration

Personal Lighting at Every Desk!

Personal lighting would be a huge money saver if it were implemented in all Federal Agencies. The idea is that instead of lighting an entire space, you simply light a desk or workspace. This solution would work well in personal offices as well as in a cubicle setting. Instead of installing overhead lights to light an entire room, overhead lighting would only be needed in corridors, first impression space, and walkways.... more »

Voting

5 votes
Active

Department of Energy

Do-it-now Energy Savings Fed-wide

As a 1-time deal, have the Dept of Energy go federal-wide in all federal offices and buildings to implement known energy-saving measures for incandescent and fluorescent light fixtures. Why wait for all of the federal departments and services to get around to doing what we already know are the best things to do, yet they have to do them with funds taken out of hide? Create a special one-time (stimulus?) fund to do these... more »

Voting

5 votes
Active