I’m interested in free energy efficiency upgrades

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:

Atmos EnergyBlack Hills Gas
City of Gunnison ElectricColorado Natural Gas
Gunnison County Electric AssociationHoly Cross Energy
La Plata Electric AssociationMountain Parks Electric
Platte Valley Power Authority
Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont or Estes Park
San Miguel Power Association
Xcel EnergyYampa Valley Electric Association

You automatically qualify if anyone in the home participates in one of the following programs:*

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)

*With proof of benefit

With eligibility, Energy Outreach Colorado will connect you with a local agency to conduct a home energy audit, and a selected contractor will install qualifying upgrades. These 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. 

Is your Utility not listed above? Is 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 to WAP

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).


Email the CARE Team for more information.

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