LIHEAP and weatherization Nebraska.
Find help with paying energy and heating bills from LIHEAP in Nebraska. The state and federal government program provides grant money to low-income families, seniors and the disabled. Get applications to LIHEAP as well as free energy saving updates from weatherization. Learn more on the Nebraska LIHEAP energy assistance program near you below.
The LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) as well as weatherization service in NE help people keep their heat, electricity, and even on conditioner on. There are also free window replacement programs, HVAC repairs or tune ups, and air conditioners from these government assistance programs. These are grant programs to apply at and they will pay the partial cost of natural gas, electricity, fuel oil, coal, wood, propane, kerosene, window or limited home repairs or other energy sources. Or look here for an LIHEAP air conditioner.
A local Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services office or community action agency will provide applications and staff can walk people through the process. Eligibility for these resources are based on the applying household's total income and other assets/resources.
LIHEAP in Nebraska
LIHEAP provides free cash grants for paying utilities. The total amount offered is based on the applicants household income, type of fuel used, age of home, and location in the state. While the funding will change every year, Nebraska will try to set some minimum funding levels. In the past these have been around $100 to $600, depending on the fuel type of electricity, heating oil/kerosene, or propane.
However a number of factors are considered when determining the amount of the free government grant money from LIHEAP. In most instances the LIHEAP payment will be sent to the utility providers and the customer will see it as a credit on their account.
For applicants faced with a crisis, meaning they have been threatened with a utility shutoff, are out of fuel, or if you have already received a disconnection notice, then these families may be eligible for up to $500 from the emergency Nebraska’s LIHEAP program as additional assistance. To be eligible for the crisis assistance component, income guidelines and other conditions need to be met. The applicant must also have had a recent payment history on their account.
Cooling bill assistance is offered from time to time, including a free government air conditioner. Nebraska can hit a hot stretch during the summer months, and the LIHEAP cooling program can help the elderly or people faced with a medical condition. Applicants need to be 70 or older or have some specific and serious medical condition that makes a person susceptible to extreme heat.
Free Weatherization services in NE
Weatherization and free energy conservation is available in Nebraska. Low income families who meet qualifications will have their home evaluated and updated if need be. Individuals will receive the most effective energy and dollar saving improvements. Some homes can receive a few thousands dollars worth of modernization and energy conserving materials. This can include a new furnace, grants to pay for windows, insulation, roof repairs and more.
The US government provides funds and grants to Nebraska to pay for weatherization assistance. The amount available will change from year to year and there is often a waiting list. Please be patient. Your home will be weatherized as soon as possible. Renters and homeowners can apply, and services are available for single-family home, multi-family housing complex, or even a mobile home.
Improvements that can be made include additional insulation to the walls, attic, and/or floors. If insulation is added to your home, other updates may include holes that may be drilled in the siding as vents may be added to the roof. These free improvements will greatly reduce airflow and heat loss during the cold Nebraska winter.
Contractors from your local community action agency will perform a free efficiency inspection of your fuel oil, natural gas, and/or propane furnaces. They will also review boilers and water heaters. Weatherization can also replace broken glass in primary windows, as well as install or adjust door weather-stripping, thresholds, and/or door sweeps.
Weatherization will also focus on Heating Efficiency Improvements. In some cases entire furnaces may be replaced because of severe malfunction or cracked heat exchangers. Contractors will test for carbon monoxide in the air in the living space and in the combustion appliance zone, and check all heating systems for fuel leaks.
The end result of all these conservation efforts will be that the Nebraska family will experience an increase in comfort levels, your heating and cooling bills will go down by hundreds of dollars per year, and also your carbon footprint will be reduced. For example, after a home has been weatherized, energy used for heating is often reduced by up to 25 percent, and the improvements are permanent and will last many years.
Applications to both LIHEAP and Weatherization are generally processed at the same time. Call Health & Human Services at (402) 471-3121, or stop by your local office.
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