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Learning About Energy Efficiency...
Electrifying Ways to Help Kids be Smart Energy Users
Despite their best efforts, it can be tough for parents to help kids understand the importance of saving energy and put that knowledge into action. Few people have more experience talking about energy efficiency than the communication professionals who work at America's public power districts and electric cooperatives.

Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy...
Nebraska Receives Grant for Improving Building Efficiency
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Nebraska Energy Office and ten key partners $300,000 to develop a comprehensive energy performance benchmarking and disclosure policy for state and local governmental buildings by 2020.

Commercial Energy Code Compliance Funding...
DOE Awards $3.7 Million to Spur Investment in Commercial Energy Code Compliance
The U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technologies Office has selected three projects to receive a total of $3.7 million to study the effects of improving the implementation of commercial building energy codes.

Winter Energy Savings...
Preparing Your Home for Winter Begins in the Fall
As the warm days of late summer linger on, it's difficult to think about snow and cold weather. However, autumn will be here soon and how much you save on energy bills this winter will depend largely on what you do now.

Energy Improvements for Rural Housing...
Grants Awarded to Preserve Affordable Housing
A $46,021 grant to preserve and repair affordable housing for very-low- and low-income families living in rural areas has been awarded to the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.

Look Out for Power Lines...
Don't Forget Electrical Safety During Harvest Season
Harvest season is one of the most satisfying times of the year on the farm. It's the culmination of many long hours of effort in raising crops. However, the long grueling hours in the field can make workers weary and prone to forget safety precautions...

Saving Your Energy Dollars...
Choosing the Right Insulation for Your Home
Your home, depending on its age, generally has one of three types of insulation: material fibers such as fiberglass or rock wool, cellulose, or foam. Each has a different R-value — the rating system for insulation's effectiveness.

Nebraska's Unique Electric History...
A Frontier in the Dark
Rural Nebraska in the 1930s was a landscape dotted with small towns and farmsteads that unfortunately, were living in the dark. While the life-changing power of electricity was available to many urban areas, most of rural America remained unserved because investor-owned utilities...

Energy Efficiency...
Weatherization Assistance Program Marks 40 Years of Serving Elderly and Low-Income Families
On August 14th, 1976 President Gerald Ford signed H.R. 12169, also known as the Energy Conservation and Production Act. Title IV of this legislation instructed the administrator of the Federal Energy Administration (now the U.S. Department of Energy) to establish a weatherization program in order to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons...

Energy Statistics Agriculture & Energy In the Classroom Energy Tips
Nebraska Energy Prices, Consumption, Expenditures and More...
Latest Energy Statistics
One of the required duties of the Energy Office is to "develop and maintain a program of collection, compilation, and analysis of energy statistics." Continuously throughout the year, data series are updated as new information becomes available. Some series are updated weekly, monthly, annually or less frequently.
Getting the Most from Your Energy Dollar...
Using Energy Wisely on the Farm and Ranch

There’s no avoiding this reality in farming: Direct energy accounts for 5 to 7 percent of farm expenditures; indirect energy accounts for 9 to 10 percent.
Lessons for K-12...
A Toolkit for Teachers and Parents

Energy plays a major role in the everyday functions of our planet and all its life forms. From weather patterns and food chains, to human society's daily electricity and heating needs, energy is the driver of everything we know. This video series highlights the seven Energy Literacy Principles, which demonstrate energy's role across the natural and social sciences.
Tips for Saving Energy...
Ways to Save Energy and Money at Home

Washing and drying laundry uses more energy than you may think. Not only are you running the machines, many times you are also using warm or hot water from your water heater. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average household does about 400 loads of laundry a year.
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