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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

Military Base Power

Install shore based nuclear power plants and solar / wind turbines at the end of each pier. Utilizing Navy personel for training and effectively use of shore duty billets and eliminating need for commercial power rates.

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Department of Commerce

Computer Sleep Modes & Wake as needed.

Determine Computer Workstation Power-Saving Profiles based on Mission and apply a general power saving policy "sleep mode" to computers after being inactive for a max of one hour. Wake-On-Lan technology could be used to wake the machines for 'scheduled tasks' & updates. If a user hasn't typed anything in an hour, they should be patient enough to wait for the computer to spend 2-3 minutes waking up & restoring their session.... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Automatic Computer Shut Down

DHS has an estimated 200,000 employes and contractors who use laptops and desktop computers for their work every day. But when workers leave the office, many of them do not take the time to shut down their computer. This naturally begs the question: how much money could DHS save by remotely turning off idle computers?

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-10% of workers leave their computers on overnight (20,000)
-The average computer uses... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Use Rechargeable Batteries

When you MUST use batteries, why not use rechargeable batteries instead of spending money on the thousands of batteries used in devices across the Federal Government? Some may say "just don't use devices that require batteries", so this applies to those situations where you just can't avoid using such a device. If a pack of "AA" batteries cost $6.00, using rechargeable batteries just 20 times would save the Government... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Simply Policies for Significant Savings

Please Note: This proposal is not intended as a formal paper and is more akin to a rough draft. All numbers used are estimates using anecdotal evidence that was available during the Save Award submission period.
This proposal addresses two usages of power with the potential for significant savings in energy and government costs with minimal cost of implementation. Simple estimation techniques are applied from observed... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Green Plugs and OFF on LAN for computers.

All electronic devices such as desk lamps, microwaves, computers, battery chargers (such as for a cell phone) and video/audio equipment continues to eat energy even when in the off setting. I propose a green plug that would be included along with the normal plugs in government buildings. The green plug would be colored green and would have the ability to be shut off from a centralized location completely cutting off any... more »

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Legislative Branch

Turn Down the Lights

Reduce the amount of lighting in Federal buildings during the summer months. Dropping to 50% lighting during late spring thru early autumn will cut the electricity bills substantially and reduce the frequency/costs of replacing light bulbs and light fixtures. The more intense daylight streaming in from windows and glass doors should at least partially compensate for the decrease in interior lighting.

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Legislative Branch

MONITORS / DISPLAYS - TURN THEM OFF & POWER DISTRUBITION SWITCHES

IF ALL EMPLOYEES TURNED OFF THEIR MONITORS AT END OF SHIFT - THIS COULD SAVE A LARGE SUM OF MONEY.
IN ADDITION - IF POWER DISTRUBITION / SURGE PROTECTORS WITH INDIVIDUAL CIRCUIT SWITCHES WERE USED - WE COULD TURN OFF THE POWER SUPPLIES FOR THE MONITOR AND ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT HAS A POWER SUPPLY - LIKE A CALCULATOR OR ELECTRIC STAPLER. THIS WOULD ALSO ALLW THE USER TO LEAVE THE CPU (COMPUTER) RUNNING FOR NIGHTLY UPDATES.... 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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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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