The Weatherization Assistance Program (Weatherization) is an energy efficiency program that helps low-income households manage the increasingly high cost of energy, while helping to ensure their health and safety. Weatherization work is performed on homes to help them stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
Services are offered at no cost to eligible households by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through local community action agencies, non-profit organizations, or local governments in every state, the District of Columbia, among Native American Tribes and U.S. Territories.
Funds are allocated for administration of the Weatherization Program at the state level, the Nebraska Weatherization Assistance Program (NeWAP) is administered by the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy (NDEE).
Since the program’s creation in 1976 it has evolved from a program that installed plastic window coverings, caulk, and weather-stripping to a program that utilizes highly trained workers using advanced diagnostic and evaluation tools. Locally based, professionally trained weatherization crews and contractors use computerized energy assessments and advanced diagnostic equipment, such as blower doors, manometers, and infrared cameras, to create a comprehensive analysis of the home.
They determine the most cost-effective measures appropriate for installation and also identify any health and safety concerns. Weatherization providers also inspect households to help to ensure the occupant’s safety by checking indoor air quality, combustion safety, carbon monoxide, and identifying mold issues.
Each home’s audit creates a customized work order, trained crews install the energy efficient and health and safety measures, and a certified Quality Control Inspector ensures all work is completed appropriately.
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Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, NE 68509-8922
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