News and Events

Energy Outreach Colorado Announces Leadership Change

October 04, 2017

(Denver) – Oct. 5, 2017 – After 14 years with Energy Outreach Colorado and more than 40 years in the energy industry, Skip Arnold will retire effective January 5, 2018. Arnold’s extensive knowledge and experience with the energy industry, coupled with his passion for helping low-income Coloradans afford home energy, have fueled positive changes throughout Colorado for more than four decades. Energy Outreach Colorado’s Board of Directors could not be more pleased with, or grateful to, Arnold for his leadership among staff, industry organizations, and policymakers alike.

EOC Providing $7.7 Million in Energy Bill Assistance

October 02, 2017

DENVER, Oct. 3, 2017 – Starting this week, low-income Coloradans who can’t afford to heat and light their homes can apply for $7.7 million in local energy assistance funding being distributed over the next 12 months by Energy Outreach Colorado.

One in four Colorado households can’t afford to pay their home energy bills without skimping on other basic necessities like food or prescriptions. Energy Outreach Colorado provides emergency energy bill payment assistance through a statewide network of community assistance organizations such as senior support agencies, social services offices, veteran-support groups and faith-based organizations.

Affordable housing improvements provide warmer, safer refuge in Alamosa

September 27, 2017

(DENVER) – Sept. 26 -- Some of the most vulnerable residents in the San Luis Valley now have a warmer and safer refuge, thanks to $63,000 in renovations managed by Energy Outreach Colorado at an Alamosa affordable housing complex.

The Casa Grande Apartments is home to low-income elderly, disabled, and recently homeless residents. EOC managed the installation of energy-efficient equipment and health and safety measures in the eight-unit property that is significantly lowering energy costs while improving the building’s health and safety.

Coloradans at risk without electricity in sizzling heat

July 03, 2017

(DENVER) – July 3 - Coloradans who are most vulnerable to summer’s sizzling temperatures -- due to their inability to pay for home refrigeration and air conditioning – can get relief from Energy Outreach Colorado’s energy bill payment assistance.

Energy Outreach, a statewide nonprofit, helps qualifying limited-income households maintain their home energy by paying the overdue portion of their utility bill. Assistance is available year-round by calling toll-free1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) or going to http://www.energyoutreach.org/get-help/paying-your-energy-bill.

This assistance was a blessing for Carolyn, a certified nursing assistant in Boulder who is raising three children on her own. “All of a sudden one day we had no electricity – no stove, no air conditioning, no refrigerator,” she recalled. “It was summer, the kids were eating like there was no tomorrow, and we had a lot of food spoil, including meat and eggs.”

Top 10 Hot Weather Energy Tips to Save Money

June 06, 2017

 (DENVER) – June 6, 2017 – Summer is beginning to sizzle, so Energy Outreach Colorado offers these tips to cut home energy costs while keeping your cool.

  • Air conditioning consumes the most electricity in your home, so keep it at a comfortable 78 degrees.
  • A ceiling fan can circulate air to create a draft that makes you feel cooler, allowing you to raise the thermostat about 4 degrees.
  • Install a programmable thermostat and set it to automatically use less cooling when you’re away or asleep.

Free home heating repair available for low-income Coloradans

May 10, 2017

 

(DENVER) – May 9, 2017 – Don’t procrastinate - now is the time for low-income Coloradans to take advantage of free home heating system repair available through nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC).

Funding is still available through the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP), which provides free home heating system repair and replacement for low-income families and individuals who qualified this year for the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). To apply, call toll-free 1-855-469-4328.

LEAP Ends April 30, EOC Help Continues

April 26, 2017

(DENVER) - April 25, 2017 – Low-income Coloradans struggling to pay home energy bills can apply to the Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) through this weekend, but after that they still can seek help from nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado.

LEAP is a federally-funded program and does not accept applications from May 1 through Oct. 31 each year. In Colorado, lawmakers created Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) about 30 years ago to raise additional funds through individuals and organizations so that local low-income seniors and families have access to additional help.

Be Prepared for Mother Nature’s Spring Surprises

April 06, 2017

Denver, CO -- Mother Nature loves to play tricks on Coloradans – especially in March.

In spite of the recent unseasonably warm and dry weather, the average Denver snowfall for the month is 11 inches, according to U.S. Climate Data. Energy Outreach Colorado is ready to help vulnerable Coloradans stay warm and safe should one of those soggy spring snowstorms blast through the state.

Even during milder winters, nearly 1 in 4 Coloradans can't afford to keep up with their basic needs -- including home energy bills – as recently reported by the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. Since Oct. 1, 2016, Energy Outreach has made about 7,750 payments to energy providers to help qualifying low-income families and seniors avoid being disconnected.

Consumers saving on energy bills thanks to appliance standards

February 28, 2017

DENVER, CO -- The average American family saved almost $500 on energy and water bills in 2015 because of more efficient appliances and lighting, according to an industry report released this month. Average household savings by state ranged from $360 in Washington to almost $950 in Hawaii, with Colorado coming in at $417.


The report, compiled by the Appliance Standards Awareness Project and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, details the benefits achieved through all existing national minimum efficiency performance standards. Household products covered by national standards include refrigerators, water heaters, air conditioners and lighting.

Affordable housing upgrades benefiting hundreds of Coloradans

February 23, 2017

 Denver, CO -- Affordable housing for hundreds of limited-income Coloradans will become less costly, healthier and more secure this year, thanks to more than $1.3 million in improvement projects Energy Outreach Colorado is launching this month in Alamosa, Colorado Springs, Denver, Evergreen and Loveland.


Energy-related improvements at six existing multi-family housing properties are being funded through federal grants from the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program and the Department of Energy, and managed by nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado. Each property owner also will contribute a portion of the project cost.


Energy Outreach will oversee the installation of energy efficient equipment and weatherization, health and safety measures at the properties by local contractors over the next several months, resulting in better living conditions for residents in 420 apartments.