Showing 27 ideas for tag "energy savings"
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Social Security Administration

Extend the Thanksgiving Holiday to include the Friday After for ALL Federal Employees: Could save at least $600 million

I suggest you...make the day after Thanksgiving a federal holiday for all federal employees. Including the Friday after Thanksgiving, as part of the Thanksgiving holiday, will reduce the amount of money spent for utilities, guard services, janitorial and other support services. Some federal government entities provide services directly to the public and usually work with a "skeleton crew" the day after Thanksgiving.... more »

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Department of Energy

Four-Day Work Week

When most agencies went to a Compressed Work Schedule (CWS), Friday's are not very productive (almost a ghost town). If all Federal agencies would go to a 4-10 work week the following savings could be realized: (1) heating/cooling and energy reduction of Federal buildings; (2) reduced maintenance costs of Federal buildings; and (3) less wear and of Federal, State and local highways.

In addition to the cost savings to... more »

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lights Out

I suggest you...save money and conserve energy by using less lights in all government buildings during the daylight hours. Most government facilities have motion detectors for offices and hallways that only power down the lights when there is no movement detected, however, just becuase someone is physically present in an office building doesnt mean their location requires the use of overhead lighting. Most buildings... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Ten hour days, four day work weeks to save energy and improve employee morale.

I suggest you...Many other federal and state employers have now instituted ten hour work days to save on energy for the individual (20% savings on fuel) and allow employees a free weekday to schedule needed appointments outside of work without using sick leave. This would not mean the station closes that fifth day, only that not all workers are at all stations every work day. Energy in the offices would be saved as lighting,... more »

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Department of the Interior

Replace all fluorescent tubes with LED-tubes

LED-tubes are direct replacements for fluorescent tubes, but do not need ballasts. Thus, LED-tubes can be used in existing fluorescent fixtures (once ballasts are removed), and save about 75% electricity compared to the fluorescent tubes. There are numerous manufacturers, the LED-tubes have 4-6 times longer lifespan than fluorescent, and contain no mercury. The only downsides are: the upfront cost, which is substantially... more »

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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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Department of Energy

Save Energy & Taxpayer Dollars

Implement a 4 day work week every other week but maintain 40 hours per week and close offices one day per every other week to save energy in supporting operations as well as reduce gas consumption of employees going to work by 10% every two weeks.

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Department of Commerce

Energy Savings

Imagine the energy and cost savings if you moderated the temperature in federal facilities. Here at the USPTO, most people sit wrapped in blankets, shawls and jackets all summer long, because the air conditioning is SO COLD! By setting the air conditioning 5-10 degrees higher, you would not only see a huge cost and energy savings, but employees would be more comfortable and productive.

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Department of the Treasury

Federal Shuttle System

Institute a fuel efficient shuttle for federal employees to federal government facilities in the Washington DC metro area, using as a starting point the shuttles already operated by selected departments, such as State. This will increase efficiency of transport across the government, reduce the cost of taxis, and possibly reduce Washington area traffic congestion. System (routes, time tables, etc.) ould be designed... more »

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US Agency for International Development

Heating and cooling in relation to severity of outside temperatures saves energy and money!

Everything is relative. I suggest we provide relative comfort when setting thermostats for heating and cooling. If it's 100 degrees outside, then an A/C setting of 75 or 80 provides plenty of comfort. At 68 or even 70, that's too cold - and makes us want to put on a sweater in summer. In the winter, if the outside temperature is well below freezing, then a thermostat setting of 55 or 60 will feel plenty warm. If it's... more »

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General Services Administration

Energy Savings Incentive

Energy Savings Incentive Plan

One of the few places left to realize significant energy savings in office buildings is in operations. Building Operators and Engineers, as human beings do, often operate a building in a way that causes them the least amount of work and trouble.
It is not possible to write a specification to a mechanical services contractor that will cause them to operate the building in the most efficient... more »

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Department of Agriculture

Energy Savings Through Business Casual Dress Policy

At DOI, during the Clinton Administration, we had a summer business casual and year round Friday business casual dress policy. Re-instituting such a policy government-wide could have significant energy savings as well as environmental benefits (less dry cleaning, less use of fossil fuels). I see my colleagues wearing formal business suits and setting their window units to 60 degrees to compensate for poor ventilation.... more »

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Changing Gears for Employee Satisfaction.

Allow employees to work 10-12 hour shifts. This will solve the difficulties of coverage, save gasoline, empower the employee to have an additional day off, and reduce time taken for attendance at weekday appointments outside the VA (i.e. doctors, dentists apts.). Not all employees need be on the same schedule, in other words, it is not necessary to close down the facility for that fifth day. However, more work would get... more »

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