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2018 Newsletters

March 14, 2018

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Energy Outreach Colorado featured by Charity Navigator as one of the Top 10 4-Star Charities

February 21, 2018

Denver, CO – February 20, 2018 – Today, Charity Navigator released a blog recognizing Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) as one of the nation’s Top 10 highly-rated charitable organizations with the most consecutive 4 star ratings – EOC has received 16.


EOC is dedicated to keeping Colorado homes warm, healthy and safe by raising money for energy assistance. EOC assists people in emergency situations and also help limited income families to be more self-sufficient by funding energy efficiency measures that lower energy costs in affordable housing.


Charity Navigator is the nation's largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate. They research and share their thoughts on emerging nonprofit-sector issues and offer tips to better inform intelligent philanthropic decisions.

Denver, CO – February 20, 2018 – Today, Charity Navigator released a blog recognizing Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) as one of the nation’s Top 10 highly-rated charitable organizations with the most consecutive 4 star ratings – EOC has received 16.

EOC is dedicated to keeping Colorado homes warm, healthy and safe by raising money for energy assistance. EOC assists people in emergency situations and also help limited income families to be more self-sufficient by funding energy efficiency measures that lower energy costs in affordable housing.

Charity Navigator is the nation's largest independent charity evaluator and leading donor advocate. They research and share their thoughts on emerging nonprofit-sector issues and offer tips to better inform intelligent philanthropic decisions.

Jennifer Gremmert becomes executive director of Energy Outreach Colorado, Skip Arnold retires

February 02, 2018

Denver, CO – MONDAY January 8, 2018 – Today, Jennifer Gremmert assumes the role of executive director at Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC). Gremmert was appointed to this position by the EOC Board of Directors following the retirement of Skip Arnold who served as the executive director for 14 years.


Gremmert has over 20 years of non-profit leadership experience and previously served as EOC’s deputy director since 2003. She has worked for many years with statewide partners to improve the quality of life for low-income households and ensure that they can remain safely, and comfortably in their homes.


“EOC started with the core mission of raising funds to help pay overdue home energy bills for Coloradans, and has expanded to also providing longer-term solutions to affordability such as weatherization and energy education,” Gremmert said. “Every time we come in contact with a household, we want to provide as much assistance as possible to improve their well-being.”


For over 28 years, EOC has been a leading expert on issues impacting low-income energy consumers, and through strong public and private partnerships, has helped raise and leverage millions of dollars to reduce energy costs and usage for low-income Coloradans.

Colorado nonprofits partner to shelter vulnerable Coloradans

December 01, 2017

 

DENVER -- Nonprofit Energy Outreach Colorado and the Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Denver and its affiliates are partnering to tackle the growing need for warm, safe and affordable shelter for vulnerable Coloradans.

Their work together began in 2009 and has grown to impact many of the 1,800 units of low-income housing in Colorado managed through Archdiocesan Housing.

When Catholic Charities collaborated with Archdiocesan Housing and the City of Denver to open the Samaritan House Women’s Shelter in Denver in August 2017 – the largest women’s-only homeless shelter in the state – they brought in Energy Outreach Colorado to install $81,000 in energy efficiency improvements to the building’s lighting and HVAC equipment.

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.