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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NEAN Quarterly Meeting April 10, 2014

Date: April 10, 2014 Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Location: NPPD Office, 907 W 25th St, York, NE 68467 Mark your Calendars and RSVP back to me by the close of business on April 4, 2014!!!! Cory R. Fuehrer, Treasurer Nebraska Energy Assistance Network PO Box 608 907 West 25th St York, NE 68979 [...]

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SAVE LIHEAP Coalition Conference Call, April 24, 2014 at 4pm

The National Energy and Utility Affordability invites you to participate in a national conference call to hear an update about the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and upcoming advocacy opportunities. SAVE LIHEAP Coalition Conference Call Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm, EST Call-in information: 1-888-896-0862, participant code: 37045794 Questions: Kena Smalls, kena@neuac.org [...]

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April 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: Energy Myths

Electric utility companies hear quite a few well meaning, but often incorrect, energy-related “beliefs” which reveal a basic misunderstanding regarding energy use and savings. While some may seem logical, the majority yield little, if any, energy savings and often end up costing customers additional time, effort and money. Here is a quick list of the [...]

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Issue Brief – Promotion of Self Sufficiency

The LIHEAP Clearinghouse has produced a three-page issue brief titled “Promoting Self Sufficiency for Low-Income Clients: LIHEAP’s Assurance 16 .” The issue brief discusses how LIHEAP statute allows grantees to spend up to five percent of their funds to provide services that reduce home energy needs and move low-income households toward energy self sufficiency. Of [...]

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March 2014 EnergyWiseSM Tip: What’s a Watt?

If you’re like most people, when you get your electric bill, the first thing you make note of is how much you owe the power company. Next, you most likely will consider whether the total cost is higher or lower than the previous month’s without considering the “watts” that you’re being charged for. Unfortunately, cost [...]

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