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Department of the Interior

Solar energy

Every flat-top government building receiving sufficient sunlight should have solar panels installed. Solar panels should be installed on risers in large govt parking lots, providing shade for parked cars AND energy. Govt purchase of solar panels will reduce cost of construction (as we did with semiconductors).

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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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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

A Smart-Dress Enviroment Equals Energy Cost Savings

All agencies have a culture that promotes a business dress policy. This means that suit jackets and other heavy clothing are worn. This equates to environmental controls being set to accommodate the comfort needs of the over-dressed. I would propose that agencies adopt a “Smart Dress” policy. If we dress with the season/forecast in-mind, light and breathable material when it’s hot and insulating materials when it’s cold,... more »

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Environmental Protection Agency

Utilize Solar Panels in arid regions.

In areas where we have plenty of surface area and abundant sunshine we should make the best use of both. Let us the cover the tops of buildings and parking structures with solar panels. Buildings and structures serve a purpose, which is to protect us from the elements; however the tops of these structures just take up space - let us use them to their fullest capability. We should not be so dependent on fossil fuels... more »

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Department of Energy

Put desktops to sleep or Hibernation when not in use.

Many areas are forced to leave there computer turned on for patching, backups and other maintenance reasons. Everyone knows it’s a waste of electricity but this maintenance that needs to be done and nobody wants to be slowed down during the day. If we were to require that all the systems have Wake-on-LAN enabled these systems could be put in a low power mode when not in use, and then "awakened" for all the needed maintenance... more »

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Department of Energy

US Government could save Millions Daily.

I think that we should replace all light switches in offices & conference rooms with motion sensor type light switches. All day long, you go by rooms at government facilities that have lights on and no one is in there. Electricity isn't getting any cheaper. There needs to be a stronger push to get people to do this or shut off their light switches.

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Department of Energy

Use Shared Office Space and Telecommuting

The Department of Energy does not effectively promote or use shared office space and telecommuting to save operating costs, energy, resources, and impact to environment. By improving the frequency of telecommuting for employees, there would be less office spaces needed and setup designated shared offices to match schedules when employees need to attend the main office. This would work at the Department of Energy’s -... more »

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Department of Energy

An Idea to Save Heating and Cooling Costs and Reduce Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

The problem: Many people who work in government operated buildings often feel that the rooms in these buildings are too hot in winter and too cold in summer. The thermostats in many of these buildings either do not work or cannot be adjusted. It is very strange, inconvenient, and wasteful to have to wear short sleeves in the office and then have to bundle up going home or outside during the cold winter, and to have to... more »

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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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