Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) Program
- Your household is at or below 80 percent of the area’s median income
- You live in the service area of one of the participating utilities:
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, Platte River Power Authority – Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, or Estes Park.
If CARE is not provided in your county, contact the Weatherization Assistance Program for similar services.
How to Apply?To apply, please fill out a CARE application. If you rent your home, you will also need your landlord to sign a waiver to allow EOC to work on your home. The application can take up to four to five weeks to process.
- English Application
- Landlord Waiver (Required for rental approval)
- Spanish Application
- Spanish Landlord Waiver (Required for rental approval)
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.
For over 30 years, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has been a leading expert on issues impacting income-qualified energy consumers and how best to meet the needs of our state’s diverse population. EOC leads a network of industry, state, and local partners to Support, Stabilize and Sustain income-qualifying Coloradans so they can afford their home energy needs in an ever-changing energy market.