I see a lot of energy savings ideas floating around, but I believe the best way to work a problem is accountability. We should install energy meters that independently transmit real-time energy consumption data to a self-monitoring database. The database can calculate the energy usage per person in the office and automatically issue awards to offices that use the least amount of energy in their personnel population bracket. DOI already uses satellite transmitters with independent solar power and transmit real-time data daily that is calculated and referenced independently of user input, and it can be installed on existing electricity meters. The device would only need to be installed and serviced along with the existing electricity meters. Winning offices can receive a plaque, so many plaques can earn awards.
Idea No. 836