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Energy Outreach Colorado Receives National Innovation Award

July 18, 2014

DENVER – Energy Outreach Colorado was presented with the Victorine Q. Adams Award in June during the National Energy and Utility Affordability Conference in Kansas City, MO, for its Energy Behavior Change Program.

The annual award commemorates the late Victorine Q. Adams, a civic worker and teacher in Baltimore, MD., who founded one of the nation's first fuel funds in 1978 to provide energy bill payment assistance to low-income households.  The award recognizes innovative developments in helping the low-income community afford home energy.

The Energy Behavior Change program was launched by Energy Outreach in 2013 to help tenants of affordable housing communities and nonprofit facilities better understand how energy is used, its impact on their bills, and how they can be smarter energy consumers.  Most of the facilities also are recipients of Energy Outreach Colorado’s energy efficiency grants.

“We find it very effective to engage enthusiastic residents and staff through an Action Team and help them brainstorm energy-saving ideas,” said Nicole O’Connor, manager of Energy Outreach’s energy behavior change program.  “They can identify no-cost opportunities in their specific facility and motivate the entire community to meet energy savings goals.”

These changes in tenant and staff energy behavior can add up to big cost savings, allowing facilities to reallocate funds to client services such as bus passes or meals, as well as other building improvements.  The energy behavior change program has helped more than 50 organizations start Action Teams.

About Energy Outreach Colorado
Helping all Coloradans afford home energy.

Energy Outreach Colorado is the only independent, non-profit organization in the state raising money to help limited income Coloradans afford home energy.  Since it was established in 1989, EOC has raised more than $200 million to fund energy bill payment assistance, emergency home heating repair, and energy efficiency upgrades for affordable housing and non-profit facilities..  Energy Outreach Colorado relies on private donations, corporate contributions and foundation grants.  It has received top ratings from Charity Navigator for 12 consecutive years and is an accredited charity member of the Better Business Bureau.  Energy Outreach Colorado,, can be reached at 303-825-8750 or at 225 E. 16th Ave. Ste. 200, Denver, CO  80203-1612.

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