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.
If a proposed project (let’s say changing light fixtures) costs 5 million dollars as a one-time cost, and would save 1 million a year, after five years the project will have paid for itself. I am confident the US Government will be here for a while, so why not invest now for cost savings... more »
I suggest placing solar panels on roofs of government buildings to generate electricity and greatly reduce the monetary cost while being kinder to our environment. The NIH, for example, had monthly electricity bills in the millions several years ago.
Make all or the larger DOE national laboratories into government owned and operated laboratories (staffed by federal workers instead of contractors). This is common in DOD and I would suspect that the DOD laboratories are operated cheaper than the DOE laboratories (salaries and bonuses are less for federal employees).
Turn large numbers of exposed roofs on public buildings, such as schools, libraries, etc... into solar energy farms to generate electricity for use in their missions to educate our children and the community, while providing the national grid with any energy produced beyond their requirements.
This concept works in harmony with several national education standards and opportunities for citizen scientist engagement.
I review the misuse report for the travel card. I often hear that the card resembles their personal card. There is NO COST to the government to request the banks to change the color and enlarge the wording on the card. A bright solid colored card with large letters across the entire card which reads:... more »