Weatherization is the process of protecting the interior of a home from the elements by adding modifications to reduce energy consumption, and optimizing energy efficiency of the home.
Most importantly, weatherizing a home can lower utility bills and therefore put extra money in your pocket while also creating a safer and more comfortable home in which to live. The weatherization process keeps hot and cold air from leaking through the home, thus helping it stay cool in the summer and warmer during the winter months.
Many home owners and renters do not realize how much money they are overpaying on utility bills due to poor, unnecessary, or improperly performed weatherization. In fact, according to the US Department of Energy, the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,000 a year on home utility bills. Out of that yearly $2,000 utility bill amount, 25% and even more in many cases (depending on the condition of the home) could be saved by properly weatherizing a home.
The money saved from getting a home weatherized can help participants become more financially stable and self-reliant.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible to receive weatherization services, households must fall below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Properties can only be weatherized once through Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties unless they have been weatherized prior to October 1,1994 in which case they can be re-weatherized.
Weatherization Services offered through Community Action Partnership may include:
• Furnace tune-ups or replacements (if deemed necessary during inspection)
• Water heater replacement (if deemed necessary during inspection)
• Weather-stripping and caulking
• Door and window repair/replacement
• Exterior ventilation of exhaust fans
• Installation of CFL bulbs, carbon monoxide detectors, and low-flow
How Do I Apply?
A complete application including income verification must be submitted for consideration. Once approved, a weatherization inspector will visit the home to begin the process of determining which energy saving resources can be funded. Please return the completed application to: Community Action - Weatherization Program 210 'O' Street Lincoln, NE 68508.
Join our Weatherization Team!
Community Action's Weatherization Program is always looking for local contractors (HVAC, plumbing, and general contractors to insulate, air seal, and install windows and doors) to complete approved work in the homes of program participants. If you are a contractor and are interested in working with our program, please contact us.
Want to Know More?
If you would like to know more about Community Action's Weatherization Assistance Program, have questions about the application process, or are interested in working with us as a contractor, please contact:
Weatherization Program Administrator