Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) Program
Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) program provides income-qualified Coloradans in participating counties with free home energy efficiency upgrades for homeowners and renters.
EOC will connect you with a local agency to conduct an energy audit on your home, which will then work with contractors to install qualifying upgrades. These upgrades may include the following: insulation, refrigerators, LEDs, shower heads, air sealing, and qualifying furnaces and water heaters.
- Xcel Energy
- Atmos Energy
- Holy Cross Energy
- Black Hills Energy
- San Miguel Power Association
- La Plata Electric Association
- City of Gunnison Electric
- Gunnison County Electric Association
- Colorado Natural Gas
- Yampa Valley Electric Association
- Platte River Power Authority – Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, or Estes Park
- If anyone in the home participates in one of the following assistance programs, your home automatically qualifies (with proof of benefit):
- Aid to the Blind (AB)
- Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND)
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Old Age Pension (OAP)
- Section 8 Housing
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)
- LEAP (Utility Bill Assistance)
How to Apply?
The application review period could be up to 4-5 weeks. You will receive a response via email. Please fill out a CARE Application by clicking the button below. If you rent your home, you will also need your landlord to sign a consent waiver. Email the completed application to email@example.com.
Utility not list above? CARE not provided in your county?
The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides free energy efficiency services for income-qualified Coloradans. If you qualify, you will receive an energy audit that will identify potential upgrades that will then be installed by certified technicians at no cost.
How to apply?
The WAP program is administered by eight regional partners. Applicants must provide proof of income or enrollment into one of the qualifying assistance programs. To find a partner, click Find A Service Provider button below or call 1.866.HEAT.HELP (1.866.432.8435).
An Unsafe Home Repaired
Angelina is a single mother living with her two children in a mobile home built in 1964 in Palmer Lake, CO. She lives on a fixed income with just enough money each month to get by but nothing more. Her home energy systems have been in need of repair for a long time but she could not afford that expense. Angelina called Black Hills to see if they could help her but when the technician arrived he found that both her furnace and water heater had gas leaks, and the furnace had a cracked heat exchanger. He had no choice but to red-tag the appliances leaving the family without heat or hot water. Black Hills referred Angelina to Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) and through our CARE Program help was dispatched immediately.
It was determined that the home’s electric service was insufficient to support a new high efficiency furnace, so Black Hills funded an electric service upgrade to protect the new equipment. A new furnace and water heater were installed along with duct insulation and air sealing at no cost to the household. The investment made by Black Hills to help this family was $9,961.98.
CARE served 525 homes in 2021, more than half in rural Colorado. Over 150 were households with children, and more than a quarter had at least one person with a disability. The program also served 201 older adults throughout the year.
The CARE program is funded by EOC’s utility partners operating in 44 counties across Colorado.