Since May 6, 1977 the Energy Office has worked to save consumers money through energy efficiency programs. On February 14, 2019 the Nebraska Energy Office released its 38th Annual Report. The 2018 Annual Report's most noteworthy mentions are the Low-Income Home Weatherization program and the Nebraska Dollar and Energy Saving Loan Program. As in past years, these two programs continue to be the highlights of the Annual Report.
The Nebraska Dollar and Energy Saving Loan Program began in 1990 with Oil Overcharge Settlement funds. The program continues to be a long-running success story. Available at more than 900 locations across the state, more than 93.4 percent of all energy efficiency projects financed with low-interest loans were for Nebraska residents. As of June 30, 2018, over the life of the project, more than $348.9 million have been loaned to Nebraskans for 29,298 energy efficiency improvement projects.
Since 1977 the Weatherization Assistance Program has helped low-income and elderly Nebraskans save money on high utility bills by installing insulation and efficient furnaces, windows and doors in their homes. Since the Weatherization Assistance Program began in 1977, $208 million has been used to make energy efficiency improvements in 69,191 homes. In 2010, maximum household income levels were revised, making free home weatherization available to thousands more low-income and elderly Nebraskans than in prior years.