Caring for a loved one? Find a part-time job that fits your schedule. Search the AARP Job Board.
AARP Nebraska, April 19, 2010
With changing seasons and colder weather on the way, AARP Nebraska wants members to know that more residents are eligible for the state’s free winter home weatherization services, thanks to $41.6 million in federal economic stimulus funds.
The extra funding means that the maximum assistance per household has jumped from $2,500 to $6,500. Household income guidelines are also higher. You may qualify for help weatherizing your home if your annual income is at or below $21,660 for one person; $29,140 for a couple; $36,620 for three people; or $44,100 for a family of four.
Nebraskans can apply now or at any time year round for the extra help through 2010. Services are provided at the local level primarily by community action agencies, which determine eligibility and conduct a home energy audit to assess what energy-saving measures are needed. Low- and moderate-income renters, as well as homeowners, are eligible for weatherization assistance.
“Older residents are among the high priority groups that we serve under this program. We concentrate first on making sure each house has enough wall and attic insulation and that the furnace and water heater are working safely,” said Pete Davis, director of weatherization and state energy programs for the Nebraska Energy Office. “On average, people can expect to reduce heat loss by about 25 percent after weatherization.”
For more information about the program and how to apply, visit www.neo.ne.gov or call (402) 471-2867.
While extra help is now available to more Nebraskans, not everyone is aware that they can tap into these resources. AARP State President Sunny Andrews encourages members to lend a helping hand to those in need. The high cost of energy could make this a tough winter, especially for older adults who may be on fixed incomes or living alone, he said.
“The good news is that there is a simple way people can help others in the community save money on their utility bills. AARP’s Operation Energy Save was created for individuals and community groups to help friends, family, and neighbors conserve energy by sharing a checklist of tips that have been proven to reduce energy costs,” Andrews said. “And all of us can help spread the word to connect people on limited incomes with the free services they need to weatherize their homes this winter.”
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Enter address, city, state, or ZIP code.
Driver Safety (0)
Tax Aide (0)
Entertainment & Dining (0)
Healthcare & Insurance (0)
Financial Services & Insurance (0)
Member Local Offers (0)
Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources near you.
Members save 25% on their first healthy meal delivery order of 99+.
Exclusive program for members from The Hartford.
Get tips and resources to protect yourself from fraud and see the latest scam alerts in your state.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at