With three years left to cut energy use by one-third, budgetary threats and rising cost, the measure to save seems to be in rescuing money spent to light, heat and cool government buildings.
According to a report from Federal Times, green may be the way to go since fuel costs are causing spending to go up as well. The hope is that funds cut on buildings and equipment can be taken and used for unfunded green mandates.
The 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act calls for agencies to reduce energy use by some 30 percent and some agencies have already taken measures to do so, according to the report.
The Postal Service, for example, has established practices to act more efficiently and last year, employees saved the agency $5 million in 2010 by reducing spending on electricity and things around the office, said Federal Times.
Following others leads, the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, Texas, is attempting meet similar means by installing energy-efficient lighting and purposely examine buildings for places waste is occurring and how it can be fixed to save money.
Contractors are playing a role in the energy efficient game as well, as agencies such as the Justice Department have put them to work to reduce energy cost. However, using these measures does not create money saving value until the contract is up and the finished work creates monetary savings.