Showing 34 ideas for tag "energy efficiency"

Department of the Interior

Wind Turbines and other green energy

There is a lot of solar panels being placed on facilities yet at my park, we don't have an abundance of sunshine YET we have the highest wind speed averages in the U.S. We should have wind turbines but can't. The government need to consider other types of green energy devices instead of being in their one track mindset. The two green energy devices can work together, less solar panels for a wind turbine and we can capture... more »

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Department of the Interior

Make Carpooling and Public Transportation Easy

Set up ebulletin boards to facilitate carpooling and transportation to worksites and meetings. Make it easy for employees to see who is going the same way to the same place at the same time, so they can ride together. Make it easy to find public transportation means to get to work or meetings. Provide a shuttle bus if the number of employees warrant it.

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Legislative Branch

Allow Fuel Saving Inventions to Market BY LAW!

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... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Only using ENERGY STAR/Water Sense Products in Buildings

Only allow for the use of ENERGY STAR or Water Sense appliances, electronics, HVAC, and plumbing equipment. The government should only be procuring these energy efficient products, but you will be challenged to find an ENERGY STAR refrigerator, printer, computer, or low flow faucets in EPA buildings. Practice what we preach!

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Environmental Protection Agency

Only using ENERGY STAR/Water Sense Products in Buildings

Only allow for the use of ENERGY STAR or Water Sense appliances, electronics, HVAC, and plumbing equipment. The government should only be procuring these energy efficient products, but you will be challenged to find an ENERGY STAR refrigerator, printer, computer, or low flow faucets in EPA buildings. Practice what we preach!

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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 Commerce

Modify Building Temperatures to Save Energy and Money

Government office buildings are inefficiently climate-controlled. They are uncomfortably cold in the summer, and uncomfortably hot in the winter. Someone who is dressed appropriately for the climate outside has to make extra plans to accomodate opposing conditions inside all day. I understand that federal regulations dictate the temperature that federal buildings must be kept, but overcompensating for external temperature... more »

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Department of the Interior

Colocate Federal Offices

I suggest you require agencies to colocate offices. Colocating should be done when the same agency has different offices in the same city or county even if they are different divisions. Colocating should also be considered when different agencies are located in the same city or county. Many businesses are doing this to cut down on realestate costs, especially when office space is limited. Colocating could also cut... more »

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Department of Energy

More Bike Lanes in DC

I am new to the federal government (June 2010), but I'm hoping my suggestion will still be taken in to account; I would love to see more bike lanes in DC. If this were a more bike-friendly city for its workers (including the densely concentrated group of federal workers), it would save money on transport benefits as well as cut down on traffic and auto pollution. The comment I get most frequently for riding my bike... more »

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Department of State

Air Pump Installation at Embassies

We should install air pumps for the tires at our embassies. This would be a safety measure because our vehicles would be less likely to have flat tires. It would be an energy efficiency measure because our vehicles would use less gasoline and emit less carbon into the atmosphere. It would also be a cost saving measure because it would save us time driving around foreign cities in search of air pumps to inflate our tires.... more »

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Department of Energy

Buy the right vehicle for the job!

Many agencies purchase alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and place them where no alternative fuel vehicle is available. These AFVs frequently are less fuel efficient than a comparable gasoline or diesel vehicle when operated on petroleum. This means that many AFV acquisitions cost the government money while increasing petroleum use. Place AFVs where alternative fuel exists currently, or will soon (while the government... more »

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Department of Energy

Stop subsidizing parking. Charge for parking at all Federal parking lots.

Parking lots cost money to build and maintain. Parking is often offered as a free employee benefit, which encourages commuting by car and thus energy use. Charging for parking has been proven to reduce parking needs, which can help facilities reduce the size of their parking lots, their impervious surfaces (which lead to storm water runoff), and reduce their overall costs. The costs of the remaining parking facilities... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

reduce indoor lighting

Install luminance monitors in indoor spaces that get a lot of natural light ... have the (unnecessary and expensive) indoor lighting activated ONLY when it is dark or overcast outside. I think of this each day when I walk along a corridor in my building that has lots of large windows and TWO sets of lights (wall and ceiling) that are on 24/7.

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