New contracts will help low-income families in Denver make their homes more energy efficient


A Denver committee on Wednesday approved two contracts that would help low-income families make their homes more energy efficient through the Healthy Electric Efficient Homes program.

Both of the contracts are for three years. The funding for the contracts comes from the city’s Climate Protection Fund.

The first contract is for $2 million with BlocPower to electrify and weatherize 100 units in multifamily complexes, while the second is for $4 million with Energy Outreach Colorado to do the same for 100 single-family homes. 

Grace Rink, director of Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency, said the turn-key upgrades provided to electrify space and water heating in these homes will reduce emissions.

“Natural gas appliances in our homes negatively impact indoor air quality, which is bad for public health, and it has disproportionate impacts on low-income households."

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