Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) Program

Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) program provides income-qualified Coloradans in participating counties with energy-efficient upgrades, whether they own their own home or rent at no cost.

EOC will conduct an energy audit of your home and will then work with contractors to install free upgrades, including insulation and air sealing, and energy-efficient lighting.

The CARE program provides income-qualified Coloradans in participating counties with energy-efficient upgrades, whether they own their own home or rent at no cost.

You are eligible if:

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. Email the completed application to care@energyoutreach.org. You must include income documentation for each working adult in the household.  Once approved, the CARE team handles all the necessary work scheduling contractors and issuing payments to ensure work is complete. If you need more information on CARE, please call the EOC CARE team at (888) 266-3139.

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.

Impact

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.

Funding

The CARE program is funded by EOC’s utility partners operating in 44 counties across Colorado.

About EOC

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.