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Lower energy bills a windfall for Thornton affordable housing residents

20 Jun. 2017

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Lower energy bills a windfall for Thornton affordable housing residents


The 164 families who live in a Thornton affordable housing community can better afford basic necessities now that their monthly energy costs are lower, thanks to Energy Outreach Colorado’s partnership in providing energy efficiency upgrades to the property.

EOC’s work at Aztec Villa Apartments, 8675 Mariposa St., was part of a nearly $12 million renovation managed over 13 months by property owner Adams County Housing Authority (ACHA). The 9-acre, 17-building complex received extensive improvements to site and building exteriors, common areas and building interiors.

Retiree Gloria Martinez lives at Aztec Villa with her husband of 51 years and was thrilled to see her average monthly energy bill drop from more than $100 to around $65. “The extra money helps out a lot,” she said. “I’ve been able to get things that I had been putting off, like new pillows and some T-shirts for my husband.”

Upgraded lighting, including automatic porchlights, has made it safer for residents to climb stairways and enter the parking lot at night. “If I hear somebody knocking on the door I’m able to look out and see who’s there,” Martinez said. “When I have to go up the outside stairs at night I can see so I won’t trip.”   

All residents have incomes at or below 60% of the area median income. EOC partnered ACHA to replace the complex’s heating and cooling systems with high efficiency furnaces, water heaters and air conditioner condensers. Energy efficient refrigerators, lighting and low-flow water fixtures were installed in each apartment. EOC utilized $370,000 in Xcel Energy rebates to help fund the upgrades and hired local contractors to do the installations.

Don May, Adams County Housing Authority executive director, said, “With the need for affordable housing options ever more apparent in our country and in the metro area particularly, we are proud to offer a high quality, attractive option to individuals and families of Thornton.”

The City of Thornton recognized the project for its reuse of existing materials and for updating the site and units to be more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Pictured above, Aztec Villa resident Gloria Martinez. Below, Sarah Vogl, ACHA's Director of Housing Development.

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