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1 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Nebraska Energy Assistance Network Get a Head Start on Energy

2 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Members Nebraska Energy Assistance Network (NEAN) PASSION UTILITIES GOVERNMENT EDUCATION NON- PROFITS COMMUNITY ACTION REGULATORY

3 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Educate people to use energy efficiently Assist in meeting basic energy needs Link with financial assistance and energy efficiency resources Serve as a voice to identify and address energy needs Values and Vision Nebraska Energy Assistance Network (NEAN)

4 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Low-income households spend a higher percentage of income for energy costs Source: Energy Trends

5 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium 1.Promote low-cost & under-utilized energy- efficiency measures & technologies 2.Help low-income families use energy wisely & better manage utility costs Goals of Get a Head Start on Energy Curriculum Knowledge Behavior Change Energy Efficiency

6 Resources Resource CD & video for all modules Spanish and English versions Videos available free on DVD with Teaching Guide notebook Teaching guide on Facilitator’s CD Objectives & expected impacts Activity sheets to provide to learners Handouts to add or clarify information Pre- and post-evaluations Module evaluations Available free as NEAN member or purchase 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium

7 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium 1.Two compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) 2.LED night light with photocell 3.Rope caulk 4.Hot water and refrigerator/freezer temperature gauge cards 5.Switch/outlet foam gaskets 6.Low-flow showerhead 7.U.S. Dept. of Energy — Energy Savers Guide 8.Kit items description & item use instructions Cost: Varies with content & quantity $20 - $25 The Energy Kit (Optional) Resources Program used with or without the kit

8 7 Modules 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium 1.Budgeting for Energy Costs 2.Energy Efficiency ( + kit) 3.Keeping Your Home Safe 4.Finding an Energy-Efficient Home 5.Resources 6.Kids Can Save Energy Too! 7.Communication for Problem Solving 8.Summary and post-survey

9 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Modules Budgeting Energy Efficiency Safety Finding An Energy Efficient Home Kids Saving Energy Resources Communication

10 Audiences Low fixed income, low income – e.g. NE Head Start & Early Head Start Seniors Clients seeking agency assistance Neighborhood groups First-time homebuyers Financial Stability Partnership program Schools – family living courses, etc. Others 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium

11 Facilitation 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium 1.Use in 1-on-1 sessions with families, others 2.Use as a stand-alone program in larger groups 3.Use all or portions of materials Community Uses

12 Pre- and Post-survey results indicate –Changes in actions & practices –Installed kit items Module evaluations Facilitator evaluations 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Educational Program Changed Knowledge and Behavior Evaluation Instruments

13 640 low income families improved energy efficiency of their residential structures, improved management of residence for energy efficiency, & made more energy- efficient purchases. 18% fewer low-income families avoided having utilities disconnected, as a result, in part, of adopting energy efficient practices. 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Outcomes & Impacts Across Nebraska

14 19% fewer low-income families skipped payments or partially paid energy bills, as a result, in part, of adopting energy efficient practices. 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium

15 Evaluation Results 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Pre- & Post- Evaluation Results Participants did adopt energy saving measures such as: –Caulking and weatherstripping –Purchasing compact fluorescent light bulbs –Other behavior or action changes

16 Household Income of Participants Matched pre & post n = 377 missing = 14 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium 10.6% 7.2% 14.1% Percentage by Income Category 17.0% 14.3% 6.9% 8.8% 5.6% 6.9% 8.8% About 50% have less than $20,000 income Lower income Participants

17 Comparisons of pre- & post-surveys Comparison of participant responses after program to responses before program Examples: Installed programming thermostat – More likely to have done after program than before program *.005 Closed shades or curtains in winter – More likely after program *.012 Weatherstripped or caulked – More likely after program *038 Purchased compact fluorescent bulbs – More likely after program than before *.004 Significant differences* t-tests – significant at <.05 t-tests – significant at <.05 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Impact After Program

18 Chi square tests controlling for age, income, cost of electricity, gas and other fuels with dollars spent for utilities Respondents who spent less than $2000 for utilities were –More likely to say yes - they adjusted water levels in washing machines & dishwashers to conserve energy *.049 Those who spent $2000 or more were –Less likely to say yes, they adjust water levels to conserve 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium * significant <.05 Findings - Since completing program

19 Since completing the program... Owners are more likely to have purchased higher efficiency appliances to save energy cost –Not significant at <.05 level (.078) Respondents who pay $1000 or less for utility costs are more likely to say yes, they turned down the temperature on the water heater to save energy costs –Not significant at <.05 level (.078) 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Findings

20 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Rick Cheloha, Loup Power District ext. #221; Cory Fuehrer, Nebraska Public Power District ; Roger Hunt, Nebraska Public Power District ; Judi Martin, Omaha Public Power District ; Key Contacts NEAN Energy Education committee members

21 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Website

22 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium

23 Common Approaches to Encouraging Conservation Behavior Reward – consistent vs. inconsistent Significant other – valued, respected Recognition Feedback on how doing Penalties, policies, regulations Attitudes & values consistent with behavior Reduce constraints – economic, physical, availability, 5/17/2013Nebraska Energy Education Symposium

24 5/17/2013 Nebraska Energy Education Symposium Questions? Get a Head Start on Energy


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