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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools

FROM:            Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

DATE:             October 12, 2005

RE:                   3rd Annual Energy Savings Tip Contest for All Maine 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders

            On behalf of Governor John Elias Baldacci, Maine’s Office of Energy Independence and Security, and Efficiency Maine, I’d like to invite each of your 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students to participate in this year’s Energy Savings Tip Contest.  The Governor will award prizes for the best energy saving ideas in two categories for each grade level:  1) how to save energy in your own home, and 2) how your school can save energy. 

            High oil and gasoline prices have resulted in increased interest in energy conservation.  October is Energy Awareness Month, a good time to focus on how we can save energy as we head into the winter heating season.  In addition to saving money, energy conservation and efficiency will reduce our dependence on foreign oil and the serious risk of global warming. 

            The Maine State Government is becoming a national leader in its sustainable energy practices.  The Governor signed one Executive Order to improve the State vehicle fleet’s fuel economy and reduce miles traveled by State employees, which has resulted in a savings of 550,000 gallons of motor fuel and a 2.3% reduction in miles traveled in the past two years, and another incorporating “green” building standards in new and renovated State buildings.  The State is buying 30 to 40% of its electricity from renewable power, and is using a biodiesel blend to heat many State offices.  Over the past three years, State government has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 8% through energy conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy purchases. 

            Students are encouraged to submit 1 or 2 tips for saving energy in their homes and schools.  Contest entries must be submitted by October 31, 2005  to Joy Adamson, Efficiency Maine, 18 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0018 or students may e-mail their energy saving ideas to with the words “Energy Contest” in the subject line.  Please remind them to include their name, school, address, and grade level with their submission.

            Good luck to all participating students!