The 2009 LIHEAP Home Energy Notebook, released in September, presents recent national and regional data on home energy consumption, expenditures, and burden of low-income households, LIHEAP and low-income home energy trends, and the LIHEAP performance measurement system.
The main source of data for residential energy consumption and expenditures is the 2005 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), which is administered by the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration. The 2005 RECS data were adjusted to reflect FY 2009 weather and fuel prices.
New to this year's report are results from a special study commissioned by the Office of Community Services to analyze energy affordability problems for low-income households using the Census Bureau's Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 2005 data. The SIPP findings were compared with the RECS' data to assess the consistency of the findings between the two surveys.
Another section of the Home Energy Notebook describes the Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) approach to LIHEAP performance measurement and discusses the findings from ACF-funded research on performance measurement for LIHEAP.
The Notebook was prepared for ACF by APPRISE and is available on the Division of Energy Assistance's website.