Affordable Housing Energy Rebate Program
The Affordable Housing Energy Rebate Program offers grants for multi-family affordable housing facilities to increase the energy efficiency and comfort of housing for income-qualified individuals. Funding for this program is provided through utility companies and organizations including Xcel Energy, Atmos Energy, Source Gas. and the Denver Office of Strategic Partnerships.
Qualifying Building Types:
EOC is currently accepting grant applications for 2+ unit multifamily buildings where at least 66% of the tenant population falls below 80% of the area median income (AMI). AMI limits in your building’s county can be found here.
For example, Denver’s 80% AMI limits are as follows:
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Most multi-family residences, even those built as late as the early 2000s, have a huge potential for energy savings through energy efficiency upgrades. Depending on the project, grant amounts can cover over 50% of the project costs while reducing energy usage by over 35%. The time and resources that participants invest in this program are typically recovered through:
- Capital improvements
- Reductions in utility, operating and maintenance costs
- Increased tenant satisfaction, health and safety and energy-saving practices
Upgrades that may qualify for energy efficiency rebates include:
- Hot water heaters
- Appliances (refrigerators)
- Air sealing
- Pipe insulation
EOC’s involvement in the process can range from processing paperwork and issuing rebates to managing the project, paying contractor costs and collecting an owner-contribution. EOC will work with you to determine the best fit for your project.
As a non-profit, EOC is dedicated to reducing the energy burden of the affordable housing community. To facilitate this goal, our services come at no cost to your organization. Our time and effort to implement these programs are reimbursed through administrative fees provided by our funding sources. In some cases, EOC may contribute to the project with our own funds.
Testimonial: Mercy Housing
“EOC has leveraged more than $775,000 in rebates toward energy efficiency upgrades at our properties while only requiring about $100,000 in contributions from Mercy Housing. We cannot say enough about the value that EOC brings to Mercy Housing. None of the efficiency upgrades we have completed at these properties would have been possible without the leveraged financial support that EOC brings. The EOC one-stop-shop model is unique and powerful. Their knowledge of statewide and national incentives, how to match those with our portfolio, applying for rebates, hiring and overseeing the work of contractors and permitting and inspections, and project closeout is truly unique. As a result, we have accomplished far more efficiency improvements in Colorado than any other state in our portfolio. Every staff member we have worked with at EOC has been professional, pleasant to work with, patient, and worked really hard to help us find solutions in difficult circumstances.”
Sustainability Manager – Mercy Housing
Testimonial: Adams County Housing Authority
“The Adams County Housing Authority has 16 affordable housing apartment communities accommodating more than 1,500 low to moderate income families in Adams County. Energy Outreach Colorado has provided weatherization services and energy efficient upgrades to five of our properties benefitting over 700 families. EOC truly shares in our mission to preserve our affordable housing and enhance the neighborhoods in which our residents live. EOC staff expertise and the quality information and energy efficiency reports they provide are invaluable. We would highly recommend anyone eligible to use their programs.”
Grants Manager - Adams County Housing Authority