The Times reports the results of an internal Department of Energy audit - despite their public exhortations, the DOE has not made much headway in actually switching to higher-efficiency lighting sources:
Nationally, the department has 9,000 buildings and a huge electric bill, $190 million a year, of which about $76 million goes to lighting, the report said. The auditors said more efficient lighting would save American taxpayers $2.2 million a year and free up enough electricity to meet the needs of 3,200 homes.
The latest report makes a bookend to last year's audit, which found that the DOE has a really hard time remembering to dial back the air conditioning or heat at night:
With nearly $300 million in annual utility costs, the Department could realize significant savings by using setbacks in its buildings. We estimate that the Department could save over $11.5 million in annual utility costs.
With the money they could save, they could hire even more PR experts to help get the message out to the rest of us.