Cost Saving Ideas

On this page you may vote on cost-saving ideas submitted from March through August, 2015, by employees of the Texas Health and Human Services System agencies (DADS, DFPS, DSHS, HHSC).

Before voting, you must register with IdeaScale OR through your social media account (Facebook, etc). Use the links in the top right corner of this page to get started.

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After you log-in, click the up or down arrows to vote for or against an idea. Your votes will be tabulated when you log out or when you refresh your browser window.

Voting on this set of ideas will be open until a new set of ideas is posted.

HHS System employees may submit new ideas by visiting http://hhscx.hhsc.texas.gov/cost-saving-ideas

Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Telework To Save Space

Promote teleworking (and cubicle sharing for staff who telework) to save on office space, electricity and increase work productivity and retention. [1003, 1019, 1076, 1080, 1233, 1240, 1281]

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232 votes
251 up votes
19 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Motion Sensors

Install motion sensor lights in restrooms, conference rooms, hallways, break areas, and other places not used constantly. [1018, 1042, 1097, 1106]

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189 votes
205 up votes
16 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Turn Off Lights

Encourage employees to turn off all cubicle lights and computer screens when they are not at their desks. Turn off all lights and electronics that are not in use, especially unoccupied areas. [992, 993b, 1014, 1037, 1075, 1105a, 1108, 1168, 1201a, 1214, 1219]

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177 votes
192 up votes
15 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Eliminate Paper Files

Make a better effort to store files electronically instead of on paper to reduce storage and shredding costs, and make them easier to access when needed. [1215]

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167 votes
184 up votes
17 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Meet Remotely

Use Skype, Facetime, teleconferencing and videoconferencing for meetings and trainings to eliminate unnecessary travel – even if just across town. [1043a, 1055, 1089, 1132, 1202, 1272]

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163 votes
192 up votes
29 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

City Recycle Partnerships

Local offices should partner with the city to get recycling bins at each building. Remind employees to recycle with short, informative fliers or emails. [1254]

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155 votes
168 up votes
13 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Last Out, Lights Out

The last employee to leave each day should turn off all lights in their area. Instruct cleaning staff to do the same. [1116, 1153]

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147 votes
164 up votes
17 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Solar Panels Please

The State of Texas and HHS can set a good example and save money by installing solar panels at state-owned facilities. [1234]

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145 votes
168 up votes
23 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Reduce Meeting Handouts

Stop printing handouts for meetings when we already have the electronic files and can follow-along on our computer. Or use a projector to display the handouts instead of printing them. [1043b, 1107]

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125 votes
151 up votes
26 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Exercise With Your Friends

Help employees organize informal wellness activities in their offices, such as walking, yoga, tai-chi, meditation, wellness seminars, etc. Happy, stress-free employees are healthier and more productive! [1204]

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123 votes
136 up votes
13 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Use Secure Print without Banners

Make sure people understand that turning off Banner pages works best when they also turn ON the Secure Print feature to avoid unidentified jobs piling up at the printer. With Secure Print your jobs don't print until you actually go to the machine to release them. [1112, 1142, 1143]

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113 votes
139 up votes
26 down votes
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Campaign: #5 Non-Program Cost Saving Ideas Apr - July 2016

Minimize Travel

Schedule meetings involving large numbers of staff in the location that requires the least amount of travel for all involved. [1049]

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106 votes
132 up votes
26 down votes
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