Community Economic Development

Claire Pagnano and Josh Nincehelser web

Claire is one of 148 adults in 96 households residing in SENCA's seven county service area that received Weatherization services during the 2017 fiscal year. A grateful Claire comments "I would definitely recommend the Weatherization program to anyone in need of the service."

Pictured:  Josh Nincehelser, SENCA Energy Auditor and Claire.

For Claire the small southeast Nebraska village of 172 friends, family, and neighbors has been home since 1989 when she and her late husband moved from Omaha to be close to family. In 2011 she moved from the home she had shared with her husband into her current home, which is one of the first houses built in the community. Claire knew that due to the age of the structure there were a lot of improvements that needed to be made. In visiting with a friend Claire learned about the Weatherization program and submitted her application.

Once Claire’s application was reviewed and approved by SENCA an initial home inspection was done by the program’s Health and Safety Inspector to ensure the house qualified for Weatherization services. SENCA contracts with local and area service providers who have met the program criteria to complete specific work in each of the qualifying homes. In addition to having her furnace replaced, Claire’s home received five new energy efficient windows, a new exterior door, and much needed insulation to the ceiling, walls, and floor. Claire, who was at home recovering from shoulder surgery when the majority of the work was being done, commented "The workers were all so very nice. There were no messes and no problems. I would definitely recommend the Weatherization program to anyone in need of the service."

During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, SENCA provided Weatherization services that included energy conservation education to 148 adults in 96 households throughout Cass, Douglas, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson and Sarpy counties. The investment of funds into these homes has the potential of creating long-term direct energy savings of about $1.5 million and more than $57,000 in the reduction of annual utility costs. For elderly, single income households such as Claire’s they could personally experience a $400 to $500 annual savings in utility costs that can be used for other needs such as food or medical costs.

Claire is very grateful for the hard work and caring provided by the SENCA Weatherization team. She is also very thankful for the help and support she receives from her family, especially niece Tammie, in addition to the kindness and generosity provided by her neighbors, members of her church and the small village she calls home.