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There are 445,000 federal buildings in the United States, and taxpayers foot the $7 billion annual bill for their heating, cooling, and operation. The goal of the Smart Energy Act, a bipartisan bill introduced February 14 in Washington, D.C. is to promote efficient energy use in the nation's federal buildings and provide additional funding and loans for energy efficiency improvements in the private sector. An additional part of the bill sets a national goal to double the use of combined heat and power-efficiently capturing the energy that's wasted in industrial processes or electricity production and using it to generate heat and electricity. Using this method will help facilities like hospitals, universities, and military bases cut energy costs.