Weatherization helps meet needs in low-income homes

Friday, August 14, 2020

When it comes to helping low-income families these days, most of the attention is going to Washington’s impasse over a second coronavirus relief bill currently in limbo because of political wrangling and a congressional recess.

There are other ways to help, of course. Contributing food or money to the McCook Pantry, Salvation Army or other food bank or organization is one way, of course.

Helping with daily expenses is another way, but an even better way, perhaps, is reducing those daily expenses in the first place.

That’s where a long-term U.S. Department of Energy program can help.

Founded in 1976, the Weatherization Assistance Program has helped provide warmer homes to more than 7 million families over the years.

Administered locally by the Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, the program is more important than ever thanks to the widespread effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through this program, weatherization service providers install common-sense energy efficient measure in the homes of income-qualified individuals free of charge.

They include:

-- Furnace and water heater inspections;

-- Adding insulation in attics and walls;

-- Attic ventilation;

-- Insulating crawl spaces;

-- Installing water heater jackets;

-- Insulating water heater pipes;

-- Weather-stripping and caulking around doors, windows, and general heat waste areas; and

-- Repairing broken windows and doors.

These simple, effective measures can result in an average savings of 24% for homes with gas utilities and 11% for homes with electric utilities, helping guard the health and safety of the families involved.

If you or someone you know has need for utility assistance or weatherization services, please contact Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska at 308-865-5680 or the website at www.communityactionmidne.com.

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