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New Colorado Energy Program Targeting Mountain Regions

25 Nov. 2015

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New Colorado Energy Program Targeting Mountain Regions

A grocery store cashier and his 76-year-old mother are warm and safe in their mountain mobile home, thanks to a partnership between Energy Outreach Colorado and Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

Javier Mendoza, 46, and his senior mom had gone without heat and hot water for more than three weeks after the appliances in their Avon home failed. With winter looming, local contractors worked quickly to install a new, energy-efficient furnace and water heater with insulated wrapping. The Mendozas are also receiving a new refrigerator, programmable thermostat and energy-efficient LEDs (light-emitting diodes) to reduce their energy costs.

“It is great to not only help make this home more energy efficient, but also safe, and to truly assist people in need of our help,” said Nikki Maline, energy programs coordinator at Walking Mountains Science Center, a nonprofit that provides home energy efficiency services in Eagle County.

Funding and project management for the improvements were provided through a new initiative called CARE – Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program. Because there are so many limited-income Coloradans living and working in high-priced mountain areas, Energy Outreach Colorado is partnering with regional energy resource centers and utilities to launch CARE in counties such as Summit, Lake, Eagle, Pitkin, Garfield, San Miguel and Routt.  CARE leverages utility funding and local resources in order to provide energy efficiency services to individuals who qualify. Depending on the situation, these services may include air sealing, attic insulation, wall insulation, crawl space insulation, furnace/boiler replacement, refrigerator replacement and other measures. Utility partners for the program include Atmos Energy, SourceGas, Colorado Natural Gas, Holy Cross and Xcel Energy.

“Energy Outreach Colorado is excited to launch the CARE program to help more families like Javier and his mother,” said Andy Caler, EOC’s utility program manager. “Being able to leverage utility and local resources to help Coloradans who are in dire need of assistance is exactly the reason that EOC created this program.”

For more information about CARE go to http://www.vaildaily.com/news/19172588-113/home-energy-efficiency-upgrades-available-now

Pictured below are client Javier Mendoza, right, and John-Ryan Lockman of Walking Mountains Science Center.

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