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LIHEAP IM 2010-11 Availability of LIHEAP Home Energy Notebook for FY 2008

Published: June 11, 2010
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Information Memorandums (IM)

Transmittal No.  LIHEAP-IM-2010-11                                            Date:  June 11, 2010








Availability of LIHEAP Home Energy Notebook for Fiscal Year 2008


The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Act, Title XXVI of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, (Public Law 97-35), as amended.


To transmit to State, Tribal and Territorial LIHEAP grantees a copy of the technical assistance publication entitled LIHEAP Home Energy Notebook For Fiscal Year 2008.


Beginning in Fiscal Year (FY) 1995, the Office of Community Services (OCS) has issued to LIHEAP grantees a supplement to the annual Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program Report to Congress.  This supplement is called the LIHEAP Home Energy Notebook (Notebook).  Such Notebooks have reported (1) the most recent data on residential energy and home energy consumption, expenditures, and burden; (2) low income trends in home energy; (3) LIHEAP’s performance in targeting vulnerable households; (4) the results of a special study pertaining to energy assistance; and (5) estimates of the numbers of LIHEAP income-eligible households. 



Like previous Notebooks, the LIHEAP Home Energy Notebook for Fiscal Year 2008 (the FY 2008 Notebook) reports the most recent data that OCS has compiled to date.  This includes residential and home energy data, low-income home energy trends, targeting performance, a special study, and income-eligible household estimates.  The special study covers the levels, types and underlying factors of the insecurity that low income households face due to their reduced ability to afford residential energy and home energy.

Through a contract with APPRISE (purchase order number HHSP233200700798P); OCS obtained the FY 2008 Notebook’s data from the following sources:

  • The U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) 2005 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)—from which OCS obtained household-level energy and expenditures data;
  • EIA’s Monthly Energy Review and Petroleum Marketing Monthly—from which OCS obtained the State-level residential energy price data that it used to adjust expenditures estimates to FY 2008 levels;
  • EIA, Energy End Use and Integrated Statistics Division’s disaggregation procedures—which OCS used to segregate household-level energy data into different end uses;
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Bureau of the Census’ (Census’) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to the Current Population Survey—from which OCS obtained household-level income data and income-eligibles data;
  • Census’ American Community Survey (ACS)—from which OCS obtained additional income-eligibles data; and
  • The U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s)—from which OCS obtained the weather data that it used to adjust household-level energy to FY 2008 levels.

The Federal LIHEAP Targeting Performance section of the FY 2008 Notebook describes the Federal government’s use of national recipiency targeting indexes.  The data used to calculate such indexes for the entire country include the estimated number of LIHEAP income eligible households—as derived from the ASEC.
Appendix A of the FY 2008 Notebook includes national and Census regional estimates of residential and home energy expenditures, residential and home energy burden and home energy consumption for all, non-low income, low income, and LIHEAP recipient households.
Appendix B of the FY 2008 Notebook includes two sets of LIHEAP income eligible household estimates broken out by State, poverty level and vulnerability group (households with at least one member 60 years or older, one member with a disability, or one member five years or under).  One set was computed from 2006, 2007, and 2008 ASEC data; whereas the other was computed from 2005, 2006 and 2007 ACS data.  State LIHEAP agencies may use these estimates to calculate their programs’ recipiency targeting indexes.  The FY 2008 Notebook doesn’t provide such estimates for Tribes/Tribal Organizations or Territories.



LIHEAP Home Energy Notebook for Fiscal Year 2008
Printable version (PDF 6.70MB)


Peter Edelman, Program Analyst
Division of Energy Assistance
Office of Community Services, ACF
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, D.C.  20447
(202) 401-5292
E-mail: peter.edelman@acf.hhs.gov


Nick St. Angelo
Division of Energy Assistance