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The Weatherization Assistance Program "WAP" is celebrating their 40th Anniversary in 2017.  Each year October is designated as Energy Action Month with October 30th recognized as National Weatherization Day.

The Department of Energy uses the onset of winter to promote energy conservation, renewable energy, and new technology use in the energy industry.

WAP is considered to be the nation's oldest and largest whole house energy efficiency program.  According to information supplied by energy.gov, WAP services every political subdivision in the country through a network of 59 grantees: 50 states, the District of Columbia, five U.S. territories, and three select Native American tribes.  Professionally trained crews use computerized energy audits and advanced diagnostic equipment to identify energy-saving strategies in single-family, multifamily, and mobile homes. Cost–effective weatherization measures and those essential for health and safety are performed. Typical measures include: installing insulation; reducing air infiltration; performing mechanical assessments and repairs to heating systems; replacing appliances to improve efficiency and safety; and replacing incandescent lighting with compact fluorescent bulbs. Each home to be weatherized undergoes an extensive inspection process which includes review of the structural components of the house and energy consumption analysis prior to being weatherized. The energy audit details how each house consumes energy which in return depicts what energy saving solutions can be applied to the home to get the maximum energy savings for the homeowner. In addition to energy saving solutions, the program also focuses on improving indoor air quality and occupant safety.

The SENCA Weatherization team has been hard at work helping many low-income American families, living at or below 200% of the federal poverty level, attain the goal of an energy–efficient, safe and comfortable home. An emphasis of service is placed on families with children, seniors, and disabled individuals. The Weatherization office is located in Humboldt with a northern office positioned in Plattsmouth.  

The Housing team pictured L to R consists of: Kristy Richardson, Housing Secretary; Bill Noller, Quality Control Inspector; Jim Wilson, Housing Specialist; Rosanna Glathar, Auditor; Keith Hart, Inspector; Gin Christiansen, Housing Director; Rick Harris, Housing Program Manager and Josh Nincehelser, Auditor.  Not pictured: Ben Simpson, Auditor.

During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, SENCA provided Weatherization services and energy conservation education to 148 adults in 96 households throughout the SENCA eight (8) county service area that currently includes: Cass; Douglas; Johnson; Nemaha; Otoe; Pawnee; Richardson; and Sarpy. SENCA will weatherize approximately 125 homes during the 2017 year in conjunction with funding received from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Nebraska Energy office (NEO).

SENCA Weatherization continues to accept applications from homeowners and renters. To see if you qualify, please contact our Plattsmouth office at 402-298-7339 or our Humboldt office at 402-862-2411 Ext, 106. To learn more about the Weatherization Program please visit the Nebraska Energy Office website:  http://neo.ne.gov/wx/wxindex.htm