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Department of Health and Human Services

Tapping Obesity Energy Reserve (TOER) Initiative

Tapping Obesity Energy Reserve (TOER) is one initiative that contributes to solutions for two national issues--(1) the need for alternative energy solutions and (2) solutions to reduce obesity (like Let's Move). The genesis of the idea is to fund (with money otherwise spent on health care costs related to obesity) research, development, and incentivize production of home pedal power technology--like the bicycle powered... more »

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Department of Energy

Tapping Obesity Energy Reserve (TOER) Initiative

Tapping Obesity Energy Reserve (TOER) is one initiative that contributes to solutions for two national issues--(1) the need for alternative energy solutions and (2) solutions to reduce obesity (like Let's Move). The genesis of the idea is to fund (with money otherwise spent on health care costs related to obesity) research, development, and incentivize production of home pedal power technology--like the bicycle powered... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Removal of TV from work place

One way to save money is to eliminate TV’s from federal government offices. There are 2 million civil employees. Lets take a conservative estimate and say there are one TV set for each 100 employees; equaling 20,000 TV’s. Lets also assume the average TV cost $500, although all in my office are large screen plasmas that cost significantly more than $500, but $500 seems like a fair estimate. So, the government has $10,000,000... 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

Reminder to power off computers

I suggest that you consider giving employees a reminder to power off computer before leaving the office for the day. This could be done in the form of a sticker or sign that has the shape of a STOP sign. While most departments and agencies have policies requiring employees to power down their computers when not in use, not all are compliant with these policies. These stickers/signs could be placed in highly visible... more »

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General Services Administration

Electricity

At the office where I work I feel the amount of electricity wasted is quite high. Usually lights are left on long after people leave and sometimes overnight with no one there. Most times the computers are never turned off and climate control is not in our hands. I feel small improvements, such as motion sensitive lighting and the automatic non-use shutdown of computers, could save a great amount of funds.

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Legislative Branch

Encourage "Powering Down" at the end of the day

Walk by any federal office building on any weeknight and it looks as though nearly all of the employees are burning the midnight oil. While these employees are undoubtedly hard workers, in reality most just haven't turned off the lights in their offices. It's estimated that 25% of an organization's electricity costs come from lighting. A government-wide movement to "Power Down" at the end of the day has the potential... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Wasted Electricity

Lower building temperatures by two degrees. Our building temperature is too cold. As a result, employees run space heaters all day to warm their offices. Out of the fifty people on my floor, thirty-six run space heaters. Often times, when everyone runs their heaters at the same time, the circuit trips and everyone loses their work on their computers. By lowering building temperatures by two degrees, people will be less... more »

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Department of Labor

Save Electricity

During the summer months in the Postal Square Building, the lights in the halls of the BLS are either dimmed or a portion are turned off. This reduces the consumption of electricity (and saves money) during these months when A/C usage is high. However, I suggest that the building keep the lights dimmed throughout the year. The workers can see just as well in the hall and it uses less electricity. If the lights are... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Automatic Computer Shut Down

DHS has an estimated 200,000 employes and contractors who use laptops and desktop computers for their work every day. But when workers leave the office, many of them do not take the time to shut down their computer. This naturally begs the question: how much money could DHS save by remotely turning off idle computers?

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-10% of workers leave their computers on overnight (20,000)
-The average computer uses... more »

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