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New Study...
Nebraska's Energy Code Compliance for Commercial Buildings at 83%
In June, the Nebraska Energy Office completed a statewide check of commercial building code compliance with the Nebraska Energy Code, the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, and found the compliance rate average for Nebraska was 83 percent.

Wind and Solar Conference...
President of American Wind Energy Association to Open 7th Annual Nebraska Wind & Solar Conference
Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association will open the seventh annual Nebraska Wind and Solar Conference and Exhibition with the Current State of Wind Development on Wednesday, October 29 at 8:45 a.m.

Payback in 8 Years...
Energy Efficient Landscaping Can Save Dollars
After a long, cold winter, Spring has finally sprung. As flowers begin to bloom and trees sprout leaves, we are finally seeing evidence of the changing season. For a large majority of homeowners, that means itís time to start thinking about landscaping projects.

Coming in 2019...
Taming an Invisible Energy Hog with Efficiency Standards
The Department of Energy issued new efficiency standards in June that will dramatically reduce the energy use of a little-known home energy hog: Furnace fans, which circulate heated and cooled air throughout a home. These fans consume more than twice the electricity in a year as a typical new refrigerator.

From the Energy Information Administration...
U.S. Crude Exports Rise to Highest Level in 15 Years
The United States exported 268,000 barrels per day of crude oil in April, the highest level of exports in 15 years according to the Energy Information Administration. Exports have increased sharply since the start of 2013 and have exceeded 200,000 barrels a day in five of the past six months.

Never Use This for Insulation...
Stay Away from Foil-Faced Bubble Wrap
Most brands of foil-faced bubble wrap are only 3/8 inch thick or less, and have an R-value of only 1.0 or 1.1. Since the product often costs more per square foot than 1-inch thick rigid foam rated at R-5, why would anyone use bubble wrap as insulation?

Energy Statistics Updates Agriculture and Energy In the Classroom
Nebraska Energy Prices, Consumption, Expenditures and More...
Latest Energy Information
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:  Energy is one of the more expensive components of raising crops and livestock. In 2006, direct energy expenditures in agriculture accounted for 5-7 percent of farm expenditures.
Bursts of Energy...
Wind Energy Activity: "Building an Anemometer"

Today there is a growing interest in using the energy of the wind to generate electricity. For wind to be a dependable source of energy it must be steady and strong over long periods of time.

The Energy Wiz Answers Your Questions

In this issue's feature of the Energy Wiz, we have questions about wind and solar power for residential homes.

Dear Wiz, What would it take to run a house of three with wind power or wind and solar?

Dear Wiz, We are completing repairs of storm damage on our facility in Nebraska. These repairs will include some walls and roofs on our facilities. Are there any energy codes I need to meet?

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