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Energy Outreach Colorado supports recovery center with energy improvements

15 Feb. 2018

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Energy Outreach Colorado supports recovery center with energy improvements


Rebuilding homeless men’s lives through sobriety, work and accountability is a heavy job for nonprofit Step Denver. Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) is helping to lighten the load by installing energy efficiency improvements to reduce costs at Step Denver’s downtown residential recovery center.

“We’ve already seen a $500 drop in our energy bill, right off the bat,” said Vincent Turnbull, Step Denver’s Director of Operations. “We can apply the savings to enhance our programs so our residents can transition more quickly to sober living.”

The center, originally constructed as a warehouse in 1957, became home to Step Denver in 1986. The 30,000-square-foot facility provides a transitional home and comprehensive services for about 250 men a year. It includes a career center that partners with Goodwill Industries of Colorado to help residents obtain job skills and employment.

EOC managed the installation of $128,287 worth of energy efficient improvements at the site to reduce Step Denver’s energy bill by about $7,200 a year. Energy-saving measures include new windows, lighting, attic insulation, weather stripping, programmable thermostats and refrigerators. The project was funded by EOC, Xcel Energy and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships.

“Through this investment in our facility, EOC has provided critical updates that will ensure our long-term sustainability and impactful programming and benefit the broader community,” said Jordan Fouts, Step Denver’s Director of Marketing and Development. “The changes have made our center more livable and comfortable for our residents by decreasing noise, regulating temperatures and brightening the environment.”

EOC manages statewide programs to lower energy costs in single-family homes, affordable housing communities and nonprofits that serve low-income communities. It leverages rebates from utility companies such as Xcel Energy and SourceGas and funding from the Colorado Energy Office and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships.

Pictured above, Step Denver's Vincent Turnbull with a single-pane window that was replaced. Below, Turnbull with Jordan Fouts with new, energy-efficient windows.

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