Energy Dept.: Carve a Windmill or Solar Panel Into Your Halloween Pumpkin

By Elizabeth Harrington | October 9, 2012 | 12:04 PM EDT

A solar panel template for pumpkin carving, offered by the U.S. Energy Department.

( – Green energy is going orange for Halloween, as the U.S. Energy Department offers downloadable pumpkin-carving patterns on its website.

The "Energy-ween" designs include a windmill, solar panel, and compact fluorescent light bulb.

“As the fall weather continues to cool, you’re probably already thinking of ways to save energy and maximize efficiency inside your home,” wrote April Saylor, a Digital Outreach Strategist for the Energy Department, in a recent blog post.

“But if you’re looking for a way to ‘energize’ the neighborhood this Halloween (and have a little fun while you’re at it), we’ve put together a few pumpkin-carving patterns with an energy twist.”

The blog encourages Americans to “geek out on your pumpkins,” as a way of promoting National Energy Action Month, designated by President Barack Obama on Oct. 1.

“October is National Energy Action Month, so take the chance to show off your energy-saving, science-loving spirit with one of these designs,” the post states.  “Or use your imagination and design your own energy-themed pumpkin.”

People who carve energy designs into their pumpkins are urged to send a photo to the Energy Department for possible posting on its website around Halloween.

In his presidential proclamation, Obama called on Americans "to recognize this month by working together to achieve greater energy security, a more robust economy, and a healthier environment for our children."

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