In July, the Energy Office received $1.457 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to weatherize the homes of needy Nebraskans. An estimated 661 homes will be less costly to heat next winter after improvements are made in the houses.
Weatherization reduces the amount of energy used to heat a typical low-income household by 20 to 30 percent, saving an estimated $126 each year on the heating bill according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Weatherization also lessens the need for imported fuels and reduces the need for other types of social services such as utility bill paying, housing and health care. Studies have shown that lower income households spend about 15 percent of their income for energy. This amount is more than four times that spent by higher income households.
Typical weatherization services include diagnostic testing, installing attic and wall insulation, sealing ducts, adding caulking and weatherstripping, insulating water heating systems and performing heating system tune-ups.
agencies across the state provide weatherization services to homeowners and
renters. Typically, about one-third of the homes are occupied by elderly
Since the Low Income Weatherization Assistance Program began in 1979, $73.06 million have been spent to weatherize 49,509 homes in Nebraska.
For more information about weatherization services offered by the state, contact one of the service providers listed in the map or Pete Davis in the Energy Office.
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