539 Homes to Get Energy Saving Improvements

Eligibility for the free home improvements is limited to households with incomes at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty level. Households containing a member receiving either Aid to Dependent Children or Supplemental Security Income are automatically eligible.

Household
Size

Maximum
Income

1

$10,438

2

$14,063

3

$17,688

4

$21,313

5

$24,938

6

$28,563

7

$32,188

8

$35,813

For each additional member
add $ 3,625

More than 500 homes will see lowered energy bills thanks to a $1.27 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to make the homes of low-income and elderly Nebraskans energy-efficient.

Typically, the types of improvements made to homes include wall and attic insulation and checking the energy efficiency and safety of furnaces, stoves and water heaters.

According to the Energy Office, energy use after home weatherization falls by about 20 percent. Most of the improvements made in the home will last 15 to 20 years, and so will the savings.

Since 1978, more than 50,000 homes in Nebraska have been made more energy efficient under this federally-funded effort.

Weatherization services are offered in all 93 Nebraska counties. The Energy Office contracts with nine, nonprofit community-based organizations, primarily community action agencies, to provide these services.

Weatherized Homes in Nebraska

For more information about free home weatherization, contact your local community action agency, or Pete Davis in the Energy Office at pdavis@mail.state.ne.us

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