Monday, October 22, 2007

The White House: Energy

Recently Completed Improvements:
President Bush plans to initiate a significant modernization of the buildings on the White House grounds, providing energy savings for years to come. These include the following:

- Install motion switches for lights in conference rooms.
- Eliminate the use of portable heaters unless minimum conditions cannot be met.
- Remove halogen lamps of 100 watts or more from EOP buildings.
- Building Engineers will regulate temperatures based upon the temperature and humidity relationship

The Bush administration has installed three solar energy systems on the grounds of the White House. The first of these, a large 8.75 peak-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, was installed on the National Park Service maintenance building located in the southwest corner of the White House grounds. On the same building, a residential-scale solar water heating system was installed to provide hot water for landscape maintenance personnel.The third installation is a five-panel, building-integrated solar hot water system on the White House cabana next to the presidential pool and spa.

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