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 Homeland Security

Turn Off the Lights

It would be energy efficient if the lights are turned off in federal government buildings when they are not in use, just as the air conditioning is. Imagine how much money would be saved if we did that? We have the security systems in place for any activity that could possibly occur during closed hours. Therefore, the lights being on in all the offices are not necessary.

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Department of Defense

Energy Savings

I use the bathroom at work, everyone does. However, I cannot tell you how many times I walk in and all the lights and fans are on. Why not install motion detectors in all govt bathrooms? I see them in private facilities all the time, they work well. The lights go on, and stay on for a period of time, or as long as motion is seen. Then the lights go out automatically and we are not paying to bring light to an empty... more »

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Department of Justice

SOLAR DAYS: TURN OFF THE LIGHTS

Turn Off the Lights! This is a very simple principle. Savings would be evident even if we opted to assign one day each week as a "Solar" only day. Frankly, we can use sunlight to accomplish our many tasks throughout the day. So in addition to energy efficient lighting, we can definitely go the extra mile to simply turn off the lights. Now, doesn't "Solar Mondays" have a nice ring to it? Preferably, we should turn off... more »

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Department of the Interior

Dim the lights!

Make it mandatory for federal government buildings to have office and hallway lights on some sort of energy saving device such as a dimmer or timer. Emphasize that federal government offices and buildings should have minimal lighting on after hours, obviously taking into account safety concerns. This would save energy and money!

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General Services Administration

Smart Automatic Lights Energy Conservation (Smart ALEC)

I propose that as a start we, the Federal Government, install motion-sensing light switches in all Federal buildings. Not just the bathrooms, or our offices, but everywhere where there is a non-essential light. The timers could be adjusted depending on preference and frequency of use. Although the cost of these timers is not insignificant, they are readily available and easy to install (creating jobs). And they should... more »

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Social Security Administration

Lighting and Heat/Air efficiency

Install energy efficient lighting and require the purchase of energy efficient heating and cooling equipment and appliances in all Government offices. Having precise timers for lighting, heating/cooling, etc

for non-working hours is also necessary. In our office, many individual offices and unused common areas stay lighted and temperature controlled 24-7.

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