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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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Standard Setting Body

System Standby set as a policy

Enable System Standby on all Government desktop computers. This can be done by a System Administrator at the highest level of each organization through a Group Policy on the network. It could be implemented at no additional cost and would only require a one-time configuration setting per organization. The desktops could be configured to enter "sleep mode" after 30 minutes of inactivity. This would save hundreds of... more »

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Department of Health and Human Services

Power down computers when not in use!

Encourage computer users to shut down computers at night if they are not in use. This will not only save the power that the computer uses while sitting idle, but it will cause the computer to generate less heat, meaning cooling systems will also use less power as well. A hidden benefit is that the computers will last longer before component failure, as just being on, whether in use or not, ages the computer faster than... more »

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Department of Agriculture

kill-a-watt

I suggest energy savings ideas be validated with an inexpensive power meter (~a $30 kill-a-watt unit can be purchased from MCM electronics for appliance level power usage.) Expending money and manhours to save small bits energy may not be worth the costs, yet big energy losses with no direct measurement can easily go unnoticed.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Photovoltaic Windows

I suggest you...install PV windows (lets light in, and generates electricity) instead of regular windows whenever an old window is replaced (renovation) or a new window is purchased (construction). This could be done in Federal buildings as well as mandated for buildings constructed or improved with Federal funds. The cost savings for heating/cooling a building fully outfitted with PV windows is 50%.

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District of Columbia

PAPER REDUCTION CAN SAVE BILLIONS! REDUCE THE USE, STORAGE, HANDLING AND MAINTENANCE OF FILING CABINETS!

If each year, every department of the government had to eliminate just 1 document from being printed on paper and it was converted to be viewed on a computer as a .pdf for example, the savings would be in the Billions!
For example: Time sheets are signed in and out on paper every day.
Although we have badges that have chips in them to allow us to pass into secured areas and get into employee parking. Why can’t the same... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Limit Battery use!

I find it amazing the number of batteries that are wasted. Many of the items used can use AC adapters, yet we place the battery driven item on our desk and waste govenment dollars. Item like calculators, labelers, and hundreds of others can use AC adapters. This can extend the life of our planet by not creating more toxic waste.

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Department of Energy

Benchmarking with Advance Utility Meters

I suggest you use advanced utility meters to benchmark federal facilities on energy use. Use D.C. area as a pilot for other regions in the country. There is already a lot of benchmarking information (GSA HOTD data ) in the D.C. area that clearly shows who has effective energy management programs and who does not, yet it is not being used. A lot of SAVE recommendations are for basic energy conservation projects, but... more »

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