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To commemorate National Energy Action Month, is featuring some scarily effective ways to save energy at home. As cooler weather lurks around the corner, tune in to for ways to save energy and money -- and avoid cold weather terrors like energy vampires. We also put together some energy-themed pumpkin patterns to help “energize” your neighborhood for Halloween. Send us photos of your energy-themed jack-o-lanterns via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or email at and we'll share our favorites.


Spooked by the ghosts and goblins of energy inefficiency? In this special episode of Direct Current, we talk with Josh Olsen, an “Energy Ghostbuster" from our Weatherization Assistance Program. He provides tips on how to keep from being haunted by your energy bill and trick-or-treat yourself to energy savings.


Are Energy Vampires Lurking in your home? 

While trick or treaters are roaming the streets in search of screams and sweets this Halloween, a hidden terror could already be lurking in your home. We’re talking about energy vampires  -- evil ghouls that suck electrical power from your appliances when you aren’t using them, taking a big bite out of your wallet. 

Weatherization Warriors

For 40 years, the Energy Department's Weatherization Assistance Program has helped more than 7 million low-income families save energy and money by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. The program provides grants to states, territories, and Indian tribes who contract with local governments and nonprofit agencies to provide weatherization services to those in need using the latest technologies for home energy upgrades. Learn more about the program and find out how you can apply for assistance.