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Department of Homeland Security

Green Day Initiative

I suggest we have a "Green" day where we turn off any lighting or power sources not needed for the day such as, overhead lighting, unused printers, or anything that absorbs power. We could also do Team "Green" day where we go out and plant a tree, at the local park or location of choice. Additionally we can create information booths for anyone to ask questions about what we do, or how we are working as an agency to conserve... more »

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Department of Energy

Smart Power Strips in all Federal Government Facility made mandatory

I suggest that we issue a directive to install "smart strips" on every power outlet (minus critical systems that need to remain on 24hrs such as medical devices, refrigeration systems, etc) in all federal buildings. First, "smart strips" are power strips that turn power completly off when it detects no activity. The Federal Gov't wastes a lot of money by leaving computers, printers, copiers, radio's, tv's, fans, speakers,... more »

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Office of Personnel Management

Kill the Jacket and Tie and Save Energy

In an effort to cut energy costs, relax the jacket and tie culture of government offices to allow for office buildings to have the thermostat set at 72 deg F or higher during the summer. Most desktop computers do not need to be cooled at 69 deg F. Conference rooms could be set at a cooler temp when in use but general office spaces are often chilly and require sweaters or jackets during the day, even when it is 90 deg... more »

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Department of Energy

let's get off the grid- develop energy solutions for homeowners

develop and commercialize an electricity generating technology such as hydrogen fuel cells for use by homeowners to suplement or replace electricity usage. This would reduce electricity demands on electricity providers and make individual homes and homeowners more self-sufficient. Would be able to integrate with solar and wind technologies depending on local conditions.

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Legislative Branch

TURN OFF COMPUTERS WHEN NOT USED!

Turn off computers when not in use. Upgrades could take place once a week, so there is no reason to have every console turned on 24/7. This could be controlled by a remote device that shuts down the computer when no one is logged in, and then starts it up if updates need to take place. There is no need to waste energy

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Department of Transportation

Energy Savings!!!

Power factor optimization which is completely different than power factor correction brings the power as close as possible to unity. Power factor optimization puts capacitors as close as possible to the inductive motor load thus increasing the efficiency of the motor and extending its life thereby reducing Amps/Kilowatts/Kilowatt hours resulting in lower electric bills and minimizing energy waste. Typical energy savings... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Allow The 100MPG Car By Laws Protecting Invention Sales

Legally stop the buying of inventions/devices that improve the mileage of cars so the technology won't go to waste.

There have been patented inventions that increase MPG of a car by 25-200% by various methods.

For example, a man designed a motorcycle that got over 400MPG for a Honda contest. Honda gave him a cushy job and destroyed the prototype.

This must be stopped so we can have 100MPG cars.

You could use legislation... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Utilize Solar Panels in arid regions.

In areas where we have plenty of surface area and abundant sunshine we should make the best use of both. Let us the cover the tops of buildings and parking structures with solar panels. Buildings and structures serve a purpose, which is to protect us from the elements; however the tops of these structures just take up space - let us use them to their fullest capability. We should not be so dependent on fossil fuels... more »

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Department of Commerce

Computer Power Management

I suggest you create guidelines for the energy settings on office computers and monitors and, along with the annual property inventories, have every property custodian certify that all computers on his inventory are set-up according to the guidelines. Exceptions would have to be documented and require the approval of the property custodian's supervisor. Such settings can save $75 in electricity cost per computer annually.... more »

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General Services Administration

Certified Power Management

I suggest you create guidelines for the energy settings on office computers and monitors and, along with the annual property inventories, have every property custodian certify that all computers on his inventory are set-up according to the guidelines. Exceptions would have to be documented and require the approval of the property custodian's supervisor. Such settings can save $75 in electricity cost per computer annually.... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Simple Steps for Energy Conservation and Trimming the Budget

When I was a kid my father always made me turn off the lights and unplug my surge protectors when I left the house. Over the course of a year the savings slight, over the course of 10 years the savings was very noticeable. Seems like the same concept could be applied to government office buildings.

Step 1: Have IT automate computers to go into sleep mode after working hours. (Users will be prompted daily if they wish... 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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Legislative Branch

Temperature Strips for Processor Cabinets

Currently it is a Crap Shoot for our Environmental unit to maintain proper temperature for hundreds of processor cabinets at our facility. The temperature is usually just set at one low temperature without taking into account things such as weather or processor demand. Temperature Strips for individual processor cabinets would help our Environmental unit more accurately predict proper processor temperature for air cooling... more »

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