October is National Energy Awareness Month, and amid anticipations of costumes and candy, this month offers a chance to talk about our country’s energy security and its clean energy future. There are numerous opportunities for learning about and joining in this national effort, including weatherizing homes, purchasing energy efficient appliances and investing in renewable energy solutions.

Already, the Recovery Act has made a $90 billion investment in clean energy technologies from batteries and biofuels to carbon capture and sequestration technologies and a smarter electrical grid. The Department of Energy alone committed $32.7 billion in grants and contracts to more than 5,000 recipients.

Still, this is just a start. September 30th was the deadline for committing Recovery Act funds. October marks the beginning of a national effort to build on this momentum and carry forward the unprecedented investments made over the last year and a half.

Like President Obama said in his National Energy Awareness Month proclamation, “As a Nation of scientists and engineers, farmers and entrepreneurs, we must continue to invest in clean, domestic sources of energy, harness the innovation of our brightest minds, promote our world leading industries, and find lasting solutions to our energy challenges.”

Throughout the month, senior officials across the Administration will be hosting clean energy events and activities. Check out the National Energy Awareness Month calendar to learn more.

And, as always, send us thoughts, tips and tweets on your plans and ideas for National Energy Awareness Month via emailFacebook and Twitter.

Niketa Kumar is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Office of Public Affairs at the Department of Energy.