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October is Energy Awareness Month!

October 1, 2008 - 2:52pm


October 1 marks the start of Energy Awareness Month here at the Energy Department! We've started you off with a few winter-related entries in September, but now that we've hit fall, we're going to kick it into high gear and really raise your winter energy awareness.

Throughout the month of October, we will bring you daily blog entries on saving energy and preparing for winter.

And to get us going, I'm pleased to announce the launch of EERE's "Stay Warm, Save Money" campaign and Web site. In addition to the blog, the Web site is a resource for you to jumpstart your preparations for winter.

As we begin Energy Awareness Month and launch our Stay Warm, Save Money campaign at, we hope that you'll come back often to learn about energy-saving strategies and to read comments from folks like you who want help as we approach the winter months.

But you might be wondering why we're we doing this. Why have a blog as well as a special website? The products you need are on the shelves, the know-how to use them is available through your local retailer…so why check in with our blog? Why send us your comments or read our posts? Why engage in a conversation with us about energy efficiency and winterizing your home?

The government can only help so much. Some of that help is in the form of weatherization assistance—giving money to states to help those in the greatest need—but most of what we offer is information.

But information by itself may not be enough. You need to know how to use that information, how to apply it to your own life, home, business, car, and so on. And you need to know that doing the things we and others suggest will help you. You will save money. Really.

We know you might be a bit skeptical when anyone in government says, "We're here to help." But we have homes and cars too. We care about our families, our communities, and our nation. Many of us are also facing cold weather ahead this winter, we know that every little bit helps. And we like saving money just as much as you do.

So believe us: we want to give you the tools, knowledge and—especially—the motivation to winterize your home and be ready for cold weather. We're all in this together.

We hope you'll stick with us here on the blog and visit to find out how you can save energy and money this winter. Come back soon and keep on saving!