Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy Program
Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) program provides income-qualified Coloradans in participating counties with free home energy efficiency upgrades.
You are eligible if:
|Black Hills Gas
|City of Gunnison Electric
|Colorado Natural Gas
|Gunnison County Electric Association
|Holy Cross Energy
|La Plata Electric Association
|Mountain Parks Electric
|Platte Valley Power Authority
Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont or Estes Park
|San Miguel Power Association
|Yampa Valley Electric Association
Qualifying Assistance Programs
If a member of your household participates in one of the following programs you automatically qualify for CARE (with proof of benefit).
|Aid to the Blind (AB)
|Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND)
|LEAP (Utility Bill Assistance)
|Old Age Pension (OAP)
|Section 8 Housing
|Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
|Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF)
|Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
How It Works
Energy Outreach Colorado will connect you with a local agency to conduct a home energy audit.
A selected contractor will install qualifying upgrades to your home.
Upgrades may include insulation, refrigerators, LEDs, shower heads, air sealing, and qualifying furnaces and water heaters.
How To Apply
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. To apply, you can either mail or email the completed application. Contact information is listed on the form.
The application review period could be up to 4-5 weeks. You will receive a response via email.
If your Utility or County is not a participant in the CARE Program
Check into the Colorado Energy Office Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)
WAP provides free energy efficiency services for income-qualified Coloradans. With eligibility, you will receive an energy audit to identify potential upgrades that will then be installed by certified technicians with no cost to you.
How to apply to WAP
WAP is administered by eight regional partners. To be eligible, applicants must provide proof of income or enrollment into one of the qualifying assistance programs. To find a partner, click the Find A Service Provider button below or call 1.866.HEAT.HELP (1.866.432.8435). You can also visit the state’s website for more information.