Federal funding that has helped weatherize nearly 70,000 homes in Nebraska over its 40 year history is on the chopping block.
President Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).
David Bracht, Nebraska Energy Office director, says the state receives about $4.5 million a year from WAP.
“Kind of interesting, right now the funds we are getting in total, Nebraska residents, we estimate, are saving that much in utility costs each year,” Bracht tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Typical home improvements including caulking or replacing windows, and adding insulation.
Bracht says that can save homeowners hundreds of dollars a year – more so in older houses.
“We can see savings of as much as $1200 a year,” he says, “so $100 a month reduction in utility bills for that low-income family. That’s quite an impact.”
Bracht says WAP is an economic investment tool as well.
“Almost all the cities (in Nebraska) can use more and better housing to attract workers,” he points out. “I think the Weatherization Assistance Program has helped in that effort by having 69,000 homes that now are better than they were before.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:34]