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Department of Defense

Making flat roofs green and effecient

I suggest that we install green roof systems on any of our older (bomb shelter rating) buildings that have flat roofs normally covered in tar and gravel. They already have drain systems installed on each. By putting a rows of plants on these roofs, it would reflect the majority of the sun's very hot rays, thus lowering the amount of cooling effect the air conditioning system needs to run. Which in turn would lower the... more »

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Executive Office of the President

Require casual dress in the summer.

In Congress and in many offices in the executive branch, suits and ties are the norm for employees. In large part, this is to preserve the decorum of the office. However, in some other countries, the government forgoes formality and requires business casual in the summer to reduce air conditioning costs. Taking the lead in dressing green -- the summertime equivalent of putting on a sweater -- would both save federal energy... more »

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Department of Commerce

Don't overdo the air conditioning

Don't air-condition buildings down to 69-70 degrees in the middle of summer. Please require that buildings be air-conditioned to no lower temperature than 72 degrees between Memorial Day and Labor Day. We'll save energy and money, and I won't have to wear a sweater in the office in the middle of July. Win-win!

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Department of State

Programmable Internet/Network-Controlled Thermostats

An Internet/Network-controlled thermostat, for example, can both save the money and help the environment, by allowing to control the building's heating and air conditioning systems while you're away.
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What Is a porgrammable Internet/Network Thermostat?
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A thermostat is simply a small... more »

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Department of State

Maintaining a comfortable temperature

I suggest the federal government look at ways to stop using so much heat and air conditioning. Buildings are freezing in the summer, to the point that many offices use space heaters to stay warm. In the winter, offices are hot to the point that employees use fans. Keeping the temperatures at more reasonable levels would not only lower costs, but would make the workplace more comfortable.

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US Agency for International Development

close the gap on temperatures in metro and public buildings

Turn down the AC in metro cars and office buildings to decrease the gap in outside and inside temperatures. People dress for the temps of the season, then ride on metro and sit in their location of employment all day wrapped in ratty sweaters and bundled in shawls. Productivity goes down when employees are physically uncomfortable, as well as creates negative impacts in health and morale. In addition, outside guests... more »

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