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Department of Energy

Engage Employees in Saving Energy

Go green and more efficient by engaging employees in energy saving:

1. Engange the agencies to place contracts between the agencies and every single employer to save energy. Place a contract between Washington and every other post: => Savings reached by energy efficiency will stay to 50 percent in the consulates and agencies for common goals.

2. Give guidelines for energy efficiency.

Among those guidelines can be:... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Change who funds utilities

A problem I find often is that people do not think or care about energy usage because someone else is paying the bill. While energy is billed to the organization as a whole there is a lack of transparency to the end users. Just like when you start paying your electric bill at home, when you can see the consequences you will naturally conserve. Therefore energy funding should not be simply billed to an overarching organization... more »

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Department of Energy

TURN DOWN THE LIGHTS…VERY SIMPLE COST SAVINGS IDEA

Within my small work area, there are three ceiling light panels with four fluorescent lights per panel. I would like to suggest that we use two fluorescent lights per panel, taking out the extra two lights. This will save money and cause less stress on employee eyes. Fluorescent lights, in particular, tend to drain one’s energy resulting in less work productivity. If the U.S. Government would implement a “Turn Down... more »

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Department of Housing and Urban Development

TEACH employees the TECH world and ENCOURAGE change

Teach employees how to use technology such as coference calls, webinars, and live meeting. This will reduce the amount of money and reduce harmful emissions needed to travel domestically and internationally for meetings, site visits, managerial trips, etc. The technology available today is truly magnificant, but if employees are not taught the proper ways to use these technologies effectively, a large part of the benefit... more »

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Department of Energy

Better insulate buildings-60% energy savings

There are new ways to insulate buildings that allow for major energy savings. Studies on houses have shown 60% or more energy savings from doing nothing more than using better insulation. The government has even provided grants for some of these latest methods, and DOE provides online support and tutorials on how to use some of the simpler methods in individual homes. Why not use these cheap insulation methods to reduce... more »

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Department of Energy

Replace Current CFL/Incandescent Exit Signs in all Bldgs. with LED

The Exit Signs found in all buildings must stay lit 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and most of them -- especially in older buildings -- are lit by CFL or Incandescent bulbs. While each consumes a relatively small amount of energy, when multiplied by the hundreds of thousands found in all government buildings and considering they are lit all the time, the seemingly small amount of energy use grows to quite a large number.... more »

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Legislative Branch

Reimbursement for other than motorized transportation.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized transportation reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If, as an example, just a couple percent of federal employees would use bicycles, small-wheeled transport, wheelchairs, kayaks, walking, etc. that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead... more »

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Department of Transportation

Advanced escalator technology

To decrease energy consumption in federal office buildings and decrease escalator maintenance costs, retrofit escalators with auto detection technology to automatically start and stop escalators, as appropriate. Thus, the escalator would start when a person approached it, and when no one is near the escalator, it would shut down.

In the alternative, require this technology for all new federal construction and when... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Employee Energy

Equip each desk chair with pedals and a generator that is hooked up to a storage battery. This would lower health care costs and improve employee health by getting exercise while you are sitting at your desk and the power generated could be used to lower electricity costs for the facility.

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General Services Administration

Have all government check stubs sent electronically

Stop sending me check stubs in the the mail! Even my bank emails me my bank statements in password protected pdf files. This would save money in paper and mail delivery costs. I know everyone does not have access to the internet, so you could have the default option set to receive paycheck stubs by email and allow individuals to request that their check be mailed to them.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Decreasing Light Bulb Usage

I suggest that for every flourescent and other lighting fixtures, we take out at least half of the bulbs (i.e,, go from 4 to 2), particularly in common areas. This will save money on replacing the bulbs, save electricity, and most likely save on cooling since it will be less energy in the room. By just take out the two bulbs, it really does not make a difference in the lighting of the area.

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Legislative Branch

Provide non-motorized vehicle reimbursements.

Save travel costs, energy costs, go green, and increase health of federal employees by providing low cost non-motorized vehicle reimbursements rather than only providing the current high cost motorized vehicle use rates. If as an example, just 2% of the federal employees would use bicycles that could be reimbursed at 10 cents per mile instead of 50 cents/mile for automobile use -- many millions of dollars would be saved... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Ceiling fans at each cubicle station add summer cooling and winter heating

Install ceiling fans (or some equivalent facility-appropriate fan) controllable at each cubicle. In the summer, employees who turn on their fans will make their air feel an average of 5 degrees cooler, so the HVAC temp can be turned up that much. Meanwhile, employees who prefer a slightly warmer environment can leave their fans off, giving each person more control over their environment while saving the government money.... more »

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