Sumner-Eddyville-Miller (SEM) Public Schools in central Nebraska plans to implement more energy efficient heating, cooling, lighting, windows, and electronic controls, and switch to a renewable energy heat source. The upgrades will significantly reduce the district’s utility and operational costs, and it plans to use those savings to pay for facility and equipment upgrades. […]

Central NebraskaThe upgrades are expected to save the district approximately 31 percent in energy costs annually and significantly reduce its carbon footprint. “The cost savings, from reducing energy and operational expenses, can be used on much needed facility upgrades and replacement of aging equipment. There will be no tax levy to pay for these improvements,” said [district superintendent] Walburn.

Above is an excerpt from a THE Journal article that details the benefits SEM public schools in Nebraska expect to reap from their energy efficiency projects. Energy efficiency is a must these days, and something that each and every Nebraskan should consider. With an energy-efficient home, you not only save money on your monthly bills, you also reduce your impact on the environment. Here are a few major ways that you can improve your home’s energy efficiency:


Windows should at least be double-paned for better energy efficiency. If you’re having constant problems with your current windows, like if they are drafty or are difficult to open and shut, it may be time to purchase new replacement windows in Omaha. As a home buyer, you can have the cost of upgrading the windows included in the home’s purchase price and ask the seller to have them installed before you finalize the sale.


By making your roof more reflective, you can reduce your home’s heat gain. A reflective roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. They can be made of highly reflective sheet covering, shingles, tiles, or paint.


Global climate change and new carbon taxes are expected to raise the cost of energy soon, so most Americans will have to retrofit their houses with higher R-value walls. This can be achieved with quality siding materials.

Get energy-efficient roofs, siding, and windows in NE from companies like Waddle Exteriors. Such companies are experts in their field, and can make any home improvement project as problem-free as possible.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Central Nebraska District Cuts Costs with Energy Efficient Upgrades, THE Journal, May 16, 2013)