Legislative Branch

Turn Down the Lights

Reduce the amount of lighting in Federal buildings during the summer months. Dropping to 50% lighting during late spring thru early autumn will cut the electricity bills substantially and reduce the frequency/costs of replacing light bulbs and light fixtures. The more intense daylight streaming in from windows and glass doors should at least partially compensate for the decrease in interior lighting.

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Department of Justice

Prisons could get GREENER......

I suggest that they add motion sensor to the lights in some of the rooms inside the Prison. Some rooms are secure and only entered by staff, these room could have motion sensor lights so that the lights are not on 24-7, costing the government money in eletric and replacing bulbs. This would save millions just with in the BOP alone. Other Angencies could also could be more GREEN and use less energy and bulbs (that need... more »

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Legislative Branch

Government wide 40% Savings on Electricity

Implement a policy which requires ALL government agencies to use energy efficient light bulbs. Electricity is the most widely used energy source within government. Not only will this reduce the costs of electric when being used, but will also reduce the costs when lighting is left on while "not" being occupied by someone.

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Legislative Branch

Simple common sense, Turn off Outdoor Lights during the Daytime

Here at the new FDA headquarters in White Oak, MD I see outdoor lighting that is left on during the daytime and I think about the savings to the American people if someone would just flip a switch and turn the lights off during the day, just like we do at home. If every Government Building did the same the savings could be enormous. Simple common sense

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Department of the Interior

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 the Interior

Deactivate Half of the Florescent Bulbs in Overhead Lighting

In existing buildings where more than sufficient lighting exists, rotate half of the bulbs in each overhead fixture by 45 degrees to deactivate them. That could save up to 50% of electricity used for overhead lighting with no upfront retrofit investment. Many areas I work in are far too brightly lit. The excess lighting is often visually uncomfortable and a gross waste of energy.

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