September 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Outside Lighting

As we slowly progress towards our winter solstice, daytime becomes shorter, nighttime becomes longer and exterior lighting becomes more important. Accord to the Department of Energy, 22 percent of all energy generated in the U.S. is used for lighting. Even with that, the last thing home owners typically consider is how efficient their yard or [...]

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Online Application for LIHEAP

September 8 — The LIHEAP Clearinghouse has published a new report titled “Online Application for LIHEAP”. Online application is becoming a common and convenient way to apply for a variety of social service benefits. This report provides an overview of online application for multiple benefits; discusses the advantages and barriers to clients and grantees; and [...]

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LIHEAP Clearinghouse Releases Program Integrity Report

August 21 — The LIHEAP Clearinghouse has issued a report titled LIHEAP Program Integrity: States Make Progress on Documentation and Verification of Client Information. It examines the measures taken by states to enhance program integrity in the areas of documenting and verifying client identity and income. Since a report published by the Government Accountability Office [...]

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NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

BY THE LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING,  Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 9:00 a.m. CT State Office Building, Lower Level Conf. Room A 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Children and Family Services is holding this [...]

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LIHEAP Clearinghouse Releases New Report

August 5 — The LIHEAP Clearinghouse has published a four-page issue brief titled A New Framework for “Heat and Eat:” LIHEAP and SNAP After the 2014 Farm Bill. For years, over a dozen LIHEAP grantees coordinated their LIHEAP and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) to help low-income households both heat their homes and feed their [...]

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July 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Summertime Windows

Unless you are trying to rid your home of unwanted, daytime vampires, there is not an energy-efficient reason for letting sunlight pour into your home on hot, summer days. When outdoor temperatures exceed your thermostat setting for cooling, energy savings from the sun’s “free lighting” begins to be rapidly offset by air conditioning costs. How [...]

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2014 National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference

The National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition presents the largest and most comprehensive conference in the United States addressing the need for affordable home energy and other utilities for low-income households. The conference is being held at The Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 18-20, 2014.

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LIHEAP Administrative Cost Savings

W hen administering LIHEAP, grantees must be aware of LIHEAP statutory limitations on administrative expenditures. Briefly, state grant-ees are limited to spending 10 percent of their LI-HEAP allocations on planning and administering their programs. Tribal and territorial grantees may spend more depending upon their size. (For more on statutes and regulations relating to LIHEAP ad-ministration, [...]

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June 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Swimming Pools

Many enjoy the summertime by taking a dip in their own backyard swimming pool. That enjoyment often comes at a noticeable price increase on utility bills. Did you know that a typical backyard swimming pool uses as much energy during the summer months as the rest of your house does over that same period? Here [...]

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May 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Spring Cleaning for Air Conditioners

Many escape the summertime heat by enjoying the “cool” their central air conditioning and heat pump systems provide. According to the Air Conditioning Contractors of America Association, the average system loses 5 percent efficiency a year as it becomes dirty and requires maintenance. By making a small investment in effort and/or money, a simple cleaning [...]

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