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Energy Improvements Brighten Lives at Sterling Housing Community

May 18, 2016

STERLING, Colo. -- Brighter hallways, reduced hot water usage and lower energy costs – these are some of the benefits Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) is delivering to the 164 residents and owners of an affordable housing community in Sterling.

Through EOC's multi-family weatherization program, the Sterling Housing Authority received $82,200 in utility rebates this year to install new energy efficient equipment at its 16-building community located at 1200 North 5th Street. The improvements include $104,300 in lighting upgrades, $16,570 to insulate domestic hot water piping and $4,070 to install low-flow faucet aerators and shower fixtures.

"I'm happy with the whole thing," said William Herrboldt, executive director at Sterling Housing Authority. "We wouldn't have been about to do this without the rebates from Xcel Energy. It was a good deal."

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Before pipe insulation After pipe insulation

EOC provided free project management and obtained the utility rebates for the project. Sterling Housing Authority contributed $42,740 toward the total $124,940 cost of the project, which is projected to save about $22,000 in annual energy costs.

Sterling Housing plans to re-invest the resulting energy cost savings into other improvements and services for residents.

"Reducing energy demand and lowering costs for affordable housing communities are key strategies in EOC's mission to help Coloradans afford home energy," said Michael Harris, EOC's multifamily project manager.

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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