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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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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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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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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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

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 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Department of Commerce

Put more windows in new building designs

Design new federal buildings so that every office has a window view.

 

Besides being aesthetically pleasing and increasing morale, Windows would allow natural sunlight to brighten our offices and heat us in the winter. This would reduce energy costs from lighting and heating.

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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 »

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