It's a project that cost taxpayers nearly $300,000 and has some asking if the payoff is worth it. We take a look at the numbers in our Waste Watch Segment.
The Department of Environmental Protection received federal stimulus money to install solar energy panels on the roof of its Kanawha City building.
Solar energy will eventually provide about 14% of the building's electricity and will heat the facility's water.
Right now, it is estimated the utility savings will be about $4,000 a year. At that rate, it wold take more than 70 years for the panels to pay for themselves.
Greg Adolfson with the WV DEP says the payout could be much sooner and the project is also an important way for the DEP to show it's support of a greener environment.
Senate spent at least $381k since 2011 printing feel-good declarations The U.S. Senate has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on printing costs associated with passing simple resolutions declaring observances such as "National Chess Day," "National Safe Digging Month" and the "Year of Water."
CBO: Federal debt to double in 15 years Federal debt will double by the middle of the next decade and reach more than twice the size of the entire U.S. economy by 2037 unless Congress changes course on taxes and spending, the Congressional Budget Office said in its latest analysis.
Top GSA official tried to hide report on Vegas bash A top administrator at the General Services Administration who worked on President Obama's presidential transition team sought to keep secret the agency report that uncovered massive waste at a lavish taxpayer-funded GSA conference in Las Vegas, records show.
VP Biden Spends $1 Million Annually for Weekend Trips Important: The cost of flying Air Force Two is $22,000 an hour, so each half-hour trip to or from Delaware costs about $10,000. Each golf game costs taxpayers $20,000. At that rate, the annual cost to taxpayers of Biden's weekend trips is well over $1 million.
This is New York State's $70 million train to nowhere Director of state operations calls abandoned trains a glaring example of "waste and incompetence."
GSA Paid $1 Million in Bonuses to Staff Under Investigation The General Services Administration paid more than $1 million in bonuses to employees while they were being investigated for wrongdoing by the agency's inspector general, a U.S. lawmaker said.
GSA bonuses, travel expenses raise congressional ire Members of Congress question the big bonuses.
Will Your Tax Dollars Be Used to Defend 'Obamacare'? House of Representatives approved an amendment that would prohibit the Department of Justice from using its departmental funds to defend 'Obamacare'.
The Largest Tax Hike in History Known as "Taxmageddon," it would impose $494 billion in higher taxes on the American people in the first year.
Is Government Unfairly Forcing Businesses to Pay for "Timid Tinklers"? It could cost U.S. employers between $2 billion and $4 billion to comply with an obscure Americans with Disabilities Act regulation meant to protect workers who are gun-shy in public restrooms.
Is TSA Wasting Millions of Your Tax Dollars? A new congressional report accuses the Transportation Security Administration of mismanaging its acquisition and management of airport screening equipment by storing millions of dollars in high-tech gear in a Texas warehouse instead of deploying it to airports
It's All Your Money: Taxpayers may be on hook for US Postal Service losses The U.S. Postal Service is often the butt of jokes, but there's nothing funny about the agency's bottom line...and it may cost you.
Taxpayers paid $15k for Jimmy Carter's postage, according to report Taxpayers spent $15,000 on former President Jimmy Carter's postage in 2010, according to a report released Tuesday about federal spending on ex-presidents.
AP Exclusive: Waste watchdog got no-bid contract Gov. Rick Scott's chief of staff helped steer a no-bid consulting contract worth $360,000 to a friend who now leads a task force rooting out state government waste. Steve MacNamara was still working for the Florida Senate when he recommended Sarasota business consultant Abraham Uccello for the contract to streamline the Legislature's computer systems.
Government Waste By the Numbers: Report Identifies Dozens of Overlapping Programs The federal government hosts 47 job-training programs, 44 of which overlap. It runs 80 programs for the "transportation disadvantaged.
National Waste Watch Videos
June 19, 2013
150th Birthday Costs
W.Va. Spending About $330,000 To Fund Sesquicentennial
June 12, 2013
Some Groups Spend More On Raising Money Than On Their Missions
June 5, 2013
Cabell County Assessor's Office Workers Take Hospitality Courses
May 23, 2013
Building Gets $36,000 In Public Funds For Repairs
May 21, 2013
$30,000 In Public Money Awarded To Help Fix Private Building's Roof
April 30, 2013
Pistol Permit Fund
Rise In Applications Means More Money For County Sheriffs
April 9, 2013
Proposed Highways Study
Senate Bill Wants To Finance Study To Look For Alternative Ways To Finance Road Repairs
March 28, 2013
Free Lunch Bill
State Senate Considers Measure To Feed Every W.Va. Student At No Charge
March 25, 2013
East End Survey
Charleston Gets $14,000 Grant To Take A Look At Architecture And History
March 20, 2013
Malden Walking Tour Brochure
State Gives $5,000 Grant To Print Documents
February 28, 2013
WV Internet Routers
Tomblin Says WV May Have Paid Too Much For Routers
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