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October is National Energy Awareness Month

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, October marks the 25th annual observance of Energy Awareness Month.

The national campaign stresses the importance of conserving energy and making smart, clean energy choices. The month-long observation provides a time to raise awareness about how we use energy, where energy comes from and how individual decisions affect the supply and cost of energy.

There are a number of things you can do this fall to conserve energy in your home:

  • To reduce heat loss, make sure windows are properly latched, and close window coverings on cloudy days and at night.
  • Use timers or motion detectors on lamps that are used for security lighting.
  • Vent your dryer outside to reduce excess heat and moisture inside the home.
  • If your home has a fireplace, keep the damper closed when you’re not using it and use a glass screen to minimize heat loss.
  • Schedule an annual maintenance and safety check of your heating system.