The government should promote a national policy of conserving energy and other resources, starting with itself by providing mandatory conservation training to government employees, and developing a related public service campaign for all Americans. This training should educate employees on the sources, costs, and consequences of energy production, and show them how to identify and stop wasting energy and other resources. Many people in my agency leave lights on in their empty workspaces when they go home, or even on vacation. Others run space heaters in the summer. My agency's IT policies effectively require computers to be left on all the time. These practices lead to completely unnecessary costs to the taxpayers, and aggravate climate change and pollution. Conservation is very low-hanging fruit, and can result in substantial “overnight” reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, at a significant net savings in cost.
Idea No. 15124