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Energy Outreach Colorado Energizing Westminster Affordable Housing

April 14, 2016

DENVER – Hundreds of residents at an affordable housing community in Westminster are enjoying lower energy costs and increased comfort and safety, thanks to a recently-completed project managed by Energy Outreach Colorado.

The 357 rental units at Sandpiper Apartments, owned by ColRich Multifamily Communities, were outfitted with new refrigerators. EOC contracted with Mile High Youth Corps to install low-flow aerators and showerheads and compact fluorescent lightbulbs. Each of the 30 buildings in the community received energy-efficient interior and exterior lighting and new boilers.

"These structures are more than 40 years old, so these upgrades will noticeably lower energy costs and improve air flow and comfort within each home," said Michael Harris, multifamily project manager at EOC. "Residents already are experiencing better lighting and warmer homes."

The $1.1 million project was funded by $575,000 in Xcel Energy rebates and by Energy Outreach Colorado. Projected annual energy cost savings are about $45,000 for natural gas and $18,000 for electricity.


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The project included replacing old boilers (left) with new, high-efficiency appliances (right).

The project included replacing old boilers (left) with new, high-efficiency appliances (right).

About Energy Outreach Colorado

Energy Outreach Colorado is the only non-profit organization in Colorado that raises funds to help low-income Coloradans afford home energy and remain warm and safe in their homes. Established in 1989, Energy Outreach works with partner assistance organizations, vendors and subcontractors across the state to provide energy bill payment assistance, emergency home furnace repair, weatherization services, energy efficiency grants for affordable housing and nonprofit facilities, energy education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income energy consumers.


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