The range of Halloween costumes is vast, and everyone once in a while you get caught off-gaurd by the holiday and don’t have a costume idea ready. If that’s you this year, don’t worry, the Department of Energy has got you covered. In a playful post late last week the DOE came out with its own suggestions for Halloween—or as it calls it: “Enerween”—costumes this year.
“Here at Energy.gov, we take Halloween seriously -- very seriously,” write Matt Dozier and Carly Wilkins. “Maybe it has something to do with all the flickering lights (should’ve used LEDs), drafty haunted houses (terrible insulation) and broom-riding witches (very sustainable!). Whatever the reason, we thought we’d share the spirit of Energyween -- or is it Halloweenergy?”
The playful post offers up a number of clean energy costumes, among dressing up as a solar panel. But don’t worry, you don’t need to buy and wear expensive and heavy solar-panels all night. You just need some cardboard, duct tape—of course!, colored cellophane and a silver marker, they say.
“Just cover the cardboard with cellophane, secure the edges with duct tape, draw on a grid of silver contacts, and presto! You’re a critical piece of America’s clean energy future and the fight against climate change,” they write. “Wear your sunglasses at night for added sustainable swagger, but please, resist the urge to climb onto any rooftops. Bonus: Have a friend dress up as the sun and spend the night basking in his or her glow.”
Then again Halloween’s most celebrated at night and the best clean energy at night is wind. So they also offer tips on designing a wind-turbine costume with a sheet and some foam poster board. “Cut out three blades from a piece of foam poster board and attach one to each of your arms. Cut a hole for your face in the third, and wear white clothes or an old sheet to complete the look.”
The costume ideas are a cute way to show support for clean energy and will hopefully help the wearers, young or old generate some buzz about clean energy.
Conservative site The Daily Caller asked the DOE why they didn’t ask kids to dress as nuclear reactors or natural gas power plants. Their response was polite: “Nuclear energy and natural gas are more mature technologies, so we thought those might be better costumes for adults.” However, to be gassy enough to be a natural gas plant you’d have to eat an awful lot of beans and getting the ‘healthy glow’ to be a nuclear plant, might be kind of hard…Tweet