More Use Should Be Made of Energy-Saving Products in Federal Buildings

EMD-79-10: Published: Jan 23, 1979. Publicly Released: Jan 23, 1979.

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In a continuing evaluation of the Federal Energy Management Program, GAO identifies areas in which the program could be improved in order that federal agencies may achieve the President's 20-percent energy reduction goal for existing buildings. In this report GAO discusses the following 10 devices that may be used as retrofit projects in federal buildings: (1) null thermostat; (2) temperature control valve for radiators; (3) packaged stack gas economizers; (4) electric ignitors; (5) on-load cleaning system for condenser tubes; (6) time clocks for convenience equipment; (7) heat run-around for hospitals; (8) more efficient exterior light sources; (9) chiller water temperature control; and (10) more efficient interior lighting.

Several factors were found which impede the federal government's use of energy-saving technology: (1) the evaluation, collection, and distribution of information on energy-saving devices is not being coordinated; (2) lack of information delays procurement of available energy-saving products; and (3) procurement policies do not ensure that adequate consideration is given to energy conservation in the procurement process.

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