Maine warms to new Web site
- By Dibya Sarkar
- Oct 17, 2000
With winter approaching and heating oil prices higher than last winter,
Maine's Gov. Angus King hopes residents will warm up to a new Web site promoting
The state site, aptly called BundleMeUp (www.bundlemeup.org), contains
conservation tips on using oil and electricity, how low-income homeowners
can receive grants to help pay energy bills, contact information for emergencies,
and links to local, state, and national agencies, utility companies, and
Dan Simpson, spokesman for the Maine State Housing Authority, said the
site is in direct response to the high home heating oil and kerosene prices
that have "shot up" in the past several months. Currently, the price of
home heating oil is about $1.40 per gallon, compared with last winter's
price of 90 cents, he explained.
"People can't control the price of oil, but they can control how they
save energy," he said, adding that about 60 percent of Maine households
are heated by oil.
The state had an Office of Energy Resources during the energy crisis
in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but it was eliminated after the crisis
ended, he said. "This [Web site] is sort of a handy way to get out a lot
of information," he explained, adding the site received 2,500 hits the day
after it was announced last week.
The state also plans to distribute brochures and establish a toll-free
number in conjunction with the Web site.