Group Urges Consumers to Take Control of Their Energy Use This Month

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The American Coalition of Competitive Energy Suppliers (ACCES) urges consumers to review their current energy use, and consider energy-smart initiatives in line with the spirit of "Energy Action Month."

On October 1, 2012, President Barack Obama officially proclaimed October “National Energy Action Month.” Previously dubbed “Energy Awareness Month,” this year’s efforts were renamed to evoke action in line with the President’s Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future.

Through its Federal Energy Management Program, the U.S. Department of Energy is encouraging citizens nationwide to go beyond energy awareness to engage in action, in order to save energy, natural resources and money. The practices advocated – such as turning off lights in the office when the room is not being used and replacing an old shower head with a new, water-saving model – are simple and relatively easy to implement. The potential savings, however, both in terms of money and energy, are significant.

The American Coalition of Competitive Energy Suppliers, a group of competitive natural gas and electricity suppliers committed to consumer education, urges consumers to use this month of October to begin practicing the energy-smart initiatives that will pay dividends long after the trick-or-treaters have gone.

One of ACCES’s primary goals is to empower consumers to take control of their own energy decisions. In states where the energy markets are open to competition, consumers should consider who supplies their natural gas and/or electricity, and the benefits that go far beyond this initial choice. Homeowners, renters, and small businesses owners alike can choose from suppliers that offer many different services, like renewable energy options or fixed-price contracts. As a result, consumers can prioritize their energy needs and chose the company that is best equipped to serve them.

ACCES encourages consumers to celebrate National Energy Action Month by becoming educated on those energy suppliers that can meet their individual needs and preferences. Sometimes consumers do this research and don’t make a switch – that’s ok. That’s a choice, too.

For easy-to-understand information about energy choice, visit the ACCES website at to learn which states participate in energy choice, what to look for when shopping for a supplier, consumer rights, educational videos, and much more.

The American Coalition of Competitive Energy Suppliers (ACCES) is a group of competitive retail natural gas and electricity suppliers committed to consumer education and media outreach, in order to help consumers better understand and take advantage of the benefits of energy choice. For more information, please visit

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