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Contact Information

For general energy questions:
phone: 202.586.8800

For computer/technical questions:
phone: 202.586.8959

We're located at:
The U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Information Administration (EI-30)
1000 Independence Avenue
Washington, DC 20585

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Who is the Author of this site?

The Energy KidsSM website belongs to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, a part of the Department of Energy. "EIA" is the government agency responsible for collecting and analyzing energy statistics and information.

You may cite "the U.S. Energy Information Administration" as the author of information on Energy Kids.

What sources are used by the Energy Kids website?

Materials on Energy Kids use a number of different sources. All charts have a source note providing a citation for the chart data.

Graphics and pictures that are reprinted by permission from another organization will have a notation crediting that organization. For example, certain sections have a notation - "Developed by the National Energy Education Development(NEED) Project." The NEED Project supported the original development of Energy Kids, and has granted permission for some of their copyrighted materials to be reprinted on Energy Kids.

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Date of Publication/Last Update

The Energy Kids website was created by the U.S. Energy Information Administration(EIA) in 1998. Believe it or not, the site was created as a class project! It was first written and created by a group of employees that were taking a training class to learn all about the energy industry. The class decided to share what they had learned with the world by developing a kids' page for the EIA website.

When were the materials on this site last updated?

We try to review and update materials on Energy Kids about once a year but it is not all updated at once.

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Permission to Use Graphics and Text

Energy Kids is a U.S. Government website. You may use and/or distribute any of our data, files, databases, reports, graphs, charts, and other information products that are on our website. However, if you use or reproduce any of our information products, you should use an acknowledgment such as: "Source: Energy Kids" or "Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration."

Please note that Energy AntSM is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Energy and cannot be reused without permission (see details).

You may see on our website documents, illustrations, photographs, or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies, or organizations that may be protected by U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in the copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners. For background material on other copyright issues see Copyright Basics from the U.S. Copyright Office.

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About Energy Ant

Energy Ant was created in May 1975 by the Federal Energy Administration, the Department of Energy's predecessor, to tell kids about energy and how to use it wisely. We thought it would be fun to bring him back as a guide to the Energy Kids website and as an ambassador for energy information. A stuffed Energy Ant has visited classrooms and energy sites across the country, and you can read about his travels. Energy Ant even has his own activity book (for 4th-7th grader students).

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Permission to Use Energy Ant

Energy AntSM is a registered service mark of the U.S. Department of Energy and may not be used without permission. Any proposal to reuse Energy Ant must be reviewed and approved by Energy Kids staff, based on the following guidelines:

  1. Energy Ant may only be reused in conjunction with a link or promotion for the Energy Kids website.
  2. Due to the policy neutral nature of the U.S. Energy Information Administration's mission, EIA and Energy Ant cannot appear to endorse or promote energy policies, positions, technologies, fuels, or organizations.
  3. Energy Ant cannot be used for commercial purposes. He cannot appear on a site that contains advertisements.

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Link Policy

Would you like to link to Energy Kids from your site?

Go right ahead! Energy Kids is a U.S. government website and anyone is welcome to link to it. See our Link to Us page for linking images and html code. Please be careful not to give the appearance that the Energy Ant/Energy Kids is promoting your site. The U.S. Energy Information Administration is a policy-neutral, statistical agency.

Would you like the Energy Kids website to add a link to your site?

Energy Kids will only link to sites that meet the following criteria:

  1. The content must be appropriate for K-12 students.
  2. The primary purpose of the site must be energy education.
  3. The site should not be aimed at selling a commercial product or contain highly visible commercial links.
  4. The site should not require the use of unusual software or have an unusually long download time.
  5. The link request must be reviewed and approved by Energy Kids staff.

To request a link from Energy Kids to your site, contact:

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