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2017 Colfax Marathon

February 14, 2017

 

Colfax Marathon - May 20-21, 2017EOCGÇôMove-your-Feet-for-Heat-Logo

Energy Outreach Colorado is a new charity partner with the Colfax Marathon held annually in Denver, CO. The 2017 Colfax Marathon hosts seven different races on May 20-21. 

If you like to run or walk and are interested in doing so on behalf of a great cause, you can register to run for Energy Outreach Colorado. You'll get a personalized bib with EOC's logo on it and become one of our incredible Colfax Marathon Charity Representatives. 

All you have to do is register for one of the seven races today and select Energy Outreach Colorado as your nonprofit charity. Questions? Call Tess at (303) 226-5057 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Energy Outreach Colorado Exploring New Frontiers to Lower Energy Costs

January 19, 2017

Energy Outreach Colorado is adding an innovative new strategy to its programs for lowering energy costs for low-income consumers, based on energy education and behavior change.

With funding from Xcel Energy, EOC partnered with Colorado affordable housing communities, nonprofit organizations and low-income families over the past year to fine-tune a successful method that trains participants how to understand and manage their energy use in order to lower costs, address health and safety concerns and allow more dollars to be spent for other needs.

As a result, the 23 nonprofits, six affordable housing communities and more than 5,000 families that participated saved a total of 331,203 in kilowatt hours of electricity and 2,169 in dekatherms of natural gas. That amounts to a projected $81,223 that can be reallocated for other necessities.

Energy Outreach Colorado’s Top 10 Holiday Safety Tips

December 01, 2016

As the winter holiday season gets into high gear, keep in mind these safety tips from nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado to remain warm, safe and festive in your home.

1. With family at home for the holidays, make sure you have working carbon monoxide (CO) detectors near bedrooms. CO can’t be detected by smell, taste or sight and can build up to dangerous levels when fuels such as natural gas, kerosene, wood or gasoline don’t have enough oxygen to burn efficiently.

2. Check that the power and extension cords on your lights and lawn decorations are certified by an independent testing laboratory and aren’t frayed, cracked or cut. Follow the rating for indoor or outdoor use.

3. If you’re planning to stoke up the wood-burning fireplace, make sure the chimney has been inspected and cleaned in the last year and use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.

Energy Outreach Colorado Awarded Denver Energy Efficiency Grant DOSP funding will reduce energy costs for affordable housing, nonprofits

November 29, 2016

 

DENVER – The City of Denver’s Office of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) is awarding $750,000 to Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) to improve the energy efficiency of affordable housing and the facilities of local nonprofits that support under-served communities.


EOC is a statewide nonprofit that supports affordable energy for limited income Coloradans. In addition to its energy efficiency work, it provides energy bill payment assistance, emergency home furnace repair and energy education.


The 2017 DOSP grant will fund EOC’s work to improve the energy efficiency of at least 600 affordable housing apartments and 10 nonprofit facilities achieve a total energy savings of 750,000 kWh and 74,000 therms. In addition to the energy savings, this equates to removing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1,263,234 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.

Colorado Energy Office, Energy Outreach colorado and GRID Alternatives Colorado Collaborate to Create Milestone Low-Income Solar Access

November 21, 2016

 

DENVER – November 17, 2016 – The Colorado Energy Office (CEO), Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC), and GRID Alternatives Colorado today recognize the adoption of strong consumer protections and program offerings to bring equity and access of renewable energy to low-income customers served by Xcel Energy.

Last week, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approved the Xcel Energy utility settlement, which establishes the most comprehensive low-income solar access in the country. The milestone agreement creates a market environment in which utilities address customers most in need without deviating from renewable energy goals; developers realize business goals while serving a new customer segment; and low-income customers receive a reduction in energy expenditures which can be utilized for other basic necessities.

“The Xcel Energy settlement is a momentous step forward for our state’s low-income energy consumers, and we’re proud to have been a part of it,” said Skip Arnold, Executive Director of Energy Outreach Colorado. “Many diverse organizations and parties came together to seek a common solution for delivering affordable
energy for Coloradans, particularly those most vulnerable.”

Golf Benefit Raises $213,000 for Colorado Affordable Energy Programs

October 14, 2016

DENVER – Supporters of affordable home energy in Colorado raised $213,000 at Energy Outreach Colorado's 12th annual golf benefit at Sanctuary Golf Course.


The Sept. 15 event was sponsored by SM Energy and presented by RE/MAX International. Other supporters included Broomhall Brothers, Meritage, Southwest Generation, McBride Lighting & Electrical Services, Elevation Lighting, Black Hills Energy, Xcel Energy, Advanced Hydronics, Group 14 Engineering, IREA, iconergy and GDS. The total amount raised from the annual event is $2.07 million.


"SM Energy is proud to be an ongoing supporter of affordable home energy in Colorado," said Jason Sands, accounting supervisor at SM Energy. "We are thrilled to be able to help members of our community with their energy needs and look forward to continuing our support of Energy Outreach in the future."

Energy Outreach Colorado Delivering $7.2 Million Worth of Heat and Help

September 29, 2016

DENVER – To help Coloradans remain warm and safe in their homes this winter, Energy Outreach Colorado this month is granting $7.2 million for statewide energy bill payment assistance.

The funding is going to 105 community organizations that are part of EOC's assistance network and will be distributed quarterly. These community organizations accept energy assistance applications, determine eligibility and approve direct payments to local utility or fuel companies to cover struggling households' overdue bills.

Energy Outreach Helping Low-income Communities

August 17, 2016

DENVER – Energy Outreach Colorado's work on behalf of low-income energy consumers includes helping other dedicated non-profits that support under-served communities.

Energy Outreach's Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP) offers energy efficiency grants to install upgraded equipment in buildings owned by nonprofits that serve low-income communities. Participating organizations benefit from lower energy costs so they can allocate more of their operating budget to provide services to low-income communities.

NEEP recently completed a project at the Development Disabilities Resource Center's facility in Arvada. The upgrades are expected to save $12,800 annually in energy costs from new equipment including interior and exterior lighting, appliances, a boiler and heat exchanger, insulation and low-flow water aerators. Xcel Energy and EOC helped fund the $117,000 project.

Energy Outreach Protects Against Summer Heat Risks

August 02, 2016

DENVER – Coloradans who are most vulnerable to summer's sizzling temperatures -- due to lack of mobility, illness or the inability to pay their home energy bill – are getting relief from Energy Outreach Colorado's energy bill payment assistance.

Mark M., a 53-year-old disabled diabetic from Denver, recently received help on his energy bill last a day before his home energy was to be disconnected. He no longer had to worry about the 90-day supply of insulin in his refrigerator, or whether he could afford to turn on the evaporative cooler at night so he could sleep.

"I survive on Medicare and food stamps," he said. "I've owned the same house for 27 years but it came down to keeping my truck and living in it or selling the house, so I sold my truck. I've been riding my bike for four years."

Take Energy Outreach Colorado’s Holiday Energy Challenge

June 28, 2016

DENVER – As part of your Fourth of July activities, challenge your family to "beat the heat" and save money on your energy bill. Provide them with this check list of low-cost energy saving tips and once they've completed it, celebrate with popsicles all around!