President Bush recently directed all Federal agencies to save energy as we head into the winter months. As a leader in energy efficiency and policy, the Department of Energy (DOE) has a responsibility and opportunity to take a leading role in this effort, both individually and programmatically. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that all of us be conscious about the energy choices we make at home, in our commute, and at our places of work.
All employees should take simple steps to save energy, such as turning off lights, computers, printers and copiers when not in use; replacing light bulbs in desk lamps with energy efficient ones; and, using public transportation or participating in car-pools or van-pools where possible. For more ideas on how you can save energy in the workplace, visit www.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/energy_aware_oec.cfm.
I also encourage each of you to take easy, inexpensive steps to conserve at home. DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency has published a very useful guide offering simple tips to reduce your energy bills. For more information, visit www.energysavers.gov.
I am directing all heads of Departmental Elements to take actions to conserve energy at DOE facilities. While I expect all DOE sites to participate, facilities in regions where natural gas demand is traditionally the highest during winter months - in the Midwest and the Northeast - should be especially aggressive in their conservation, particularly during periods of peak consumption this winter. Given high energy costs, DOE sites should look for opportunities to implement energy-saving improvements. I am also asking that officials purchase highly-efficient or alternative-fuel vehicles, Energy Star-rated products and products designated
by the Department's Federal Energy Management Program.
As we begin Energy Awareness Month, I am asking that we all be mindful of the role we can each play in addressing our Nation's energy needs.Improving energy efficiency is vital to our nation's energy security, and I am confident that DOE employees will help set a high benchmark for the entire Federal Government. Thank you for your help in this important effort.
Samuel W. Bodman