EOC deputy director Luke Ilderton

Electrification of affordable housing is a win-win

Colorado Real Estate Journal | Luke Ilderton Electrification is the replacement of equipment powered by fossil fuels to cook, create heat and produce hot water with equipment that uses electricity. It’s also known as beneficial electrification or building decarbonization, where high-efficiency electric heating and hot water equipment is the priority over less-efficient and expensive-to-operate all-electric …

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What does Denver’s new building code mean for building residents, owners?

Denver Gazette | Alex Edwards Despite a major push by foes of fossil-fired energy, Denver’s city council ultimately decided against requiring residents to electrify their homes under the newly adopted 2022 building, fire and green code. Instead, the code changes — the first of three planned updates staggered through 2027 — will apply to commercial and multifamily buildings larger …

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Rising Utility Bills Unsustainable for Many Colorado Households

Public News Service | Eric Galatas Experts are warning Colorado households utility bills currently making their way to mailboxes are likely to be even higher than the supersized bills people received for November’s energy use. Denise Stepto, chief communications officer for Energy Outreach Colorado, said as energy prices have remained stubbornly high, December brought an …

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Namaste Solar and the community donate community solar subscriptions to 400 low-income families

EIN Presswire | Dave Rizzotto, Namaste Solar BOULDER, CO – December 1, 2022 Solar energy will help power the homes of 400 CO families this coming year that are unable to keep up with utility payments because of the $100,000 raised. Solar energy will help power the homes of 400 Colorado families this coming year …

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Connecting CO Health Outcomes to Climate Solutions, Lower Utility Bills

Public News Service | Eric Galatas A successful program that helps low-income households weatherize homes and lower energy bills is setting its sights on improving the health outcomes of children and older Coloradans at risk of indoor and outdoor air pollution. Ashley Feiertag, director of residential programs for Energy Outreach Colorado, spearheaded its Healthy Homes …

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What Makes A Nonprofit Stand Out? Its Leader Sets The Right Tone

Investor’s Business Daily | Morey Stettner Jennifer Gremmert sought to convince a roomful of utility executives to approve subsidies for low-income consumers in 1996. It didn’t go well. They rejected her argument. “How dare you ask me for this money,” one of them said. “People should pay their energy bill themselves.” “It was shocking to me,” …

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Staying warm: What does an unheated room do to your body?

Mention deadly cold and I think of polar explorers with icicles dangling from their beards and mountaineers tackling the heights of Everest; of fingers turning black with frostbite and the chilling clutch of hypothermia.

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New solar gardens going up around Denver

Not the kind of garden you might be thinking of, but the kind of garden where you can harvest energy and donate it to low-income families.

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Community Solar Gardens

Community Solar Gardens provide a way for households who traditionally could not access solar generation a way to benefit financially from solar power and reduce carbon emissions.

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City and County of Denver Partners, BlocPower and Energy Outreach Colorado, Collaborate to Implement a New Healthy Homes Program

Press Release | Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency, BlocPower BlocPower, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) and the City and County of Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency (CASR) have agreed to a three-year partnership as part of the Healthy Homes Program to expand equitable building electrification efforts in the City and County of Denver. BlocPower …

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Inflation Reduction Act Good First Step for Low-income Energy Needs

President Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act has been billed as the most significant legislation in U.S. history to tackle the climate crisis, strengthen American energy security, and lower utility bills, and some American households stand to benefit more than others.

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Understanding Energy Insecurity

Widespread energy insecurity is across the country, the full-scale impacts of it and who faces that burden are still misunderstood.

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December natural gas bills will jump 54% as Xcel passes a stack of price hikes on to Colorado customers

The Colorado Sun | Article Written by Mark Jaffe   The rate increase “is more than concerning, it is frightening,” state consumer advocate says   Come this Christmas, Xcel Energy gas customers will get an unwelcome present from the utility — an approximately 54% increase in their monthly bills compared to Christmas past. The hike …

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Past Due Energy Bills

One in four Colorado households have past due energy bills. Who is facing energy insecurity and what protections are available to help.

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EOC receives Environmental Justice Solar Outreach award

Selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Solar Energy Technologies Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has announced that it received an Inclusive Solar Outreach award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) in recognition of an effective communications campaign that reached underrepresented audiences about solar energy adoption. This project connected energy-burdened …

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Energy Outreach Colorado achieves record funding support at annual Golf Classic

Energy Outreach Colorado hosted their annual 2022 Annual Golf Classic, THE HEAT IS ON, presented by RE/MAX, LLC at Sanctuary Golf Course. Thanks to the support of their generous sponsors and guests, $224,635 was raised that will go directly to providing critical home energy programming to vulnerable households across Colorado in the months to come. …

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Luke Ilderton elected Chair of the Legislative Commission on Low-Income Energy and Water Assistance

On August 8, 2022, Energy Outreach Colorado’s deputy director Luke Ilderton, was elected to serve as Chair of the Legislative Commission on Low-Income Energy and Water Assistance.  This Commission was created as part of HB21-1105 in a bipartisan effort to address the continued need for energy and water assistance and efficiency, while eliminating the reliance …

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Study provides deeper insights on the health impacts of utility shutoffs

Energy News Network | Written by Lisa Prevost Connecticut residents who struggle to pay their energy bills often suffer from physical and mental health issues as a result.  That is one of many findings in a new study of energy insecurity based on interviews with 22 residents of varying ages and races from around the state. The …

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Extreme heat is posing a threat to Coloradans’ health

The Daily Sun-Up Podcast | John Ingold, Health Care Reporter Few people die in Colorado each year from heat-related causes, but heat remains a top concern for medical and public health experts. One major reason: Heat can be particularly dangerous for people who have underlying health conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, and can push them …

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

The Denver Gazette | Written by Lindsey Toomer 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 …

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Energy Outreach Colorado receives exceptional 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator for 21st consecutive year

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) has been named one of the Top 10 charities who have received the most consecutive 4-Star ratings from Charity Navigator as demonstrated through strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. EOC has earned this important recognition for 21 years in a row. EOC’s exceptional finance score is a result …

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Inflation is making it difficult for families to cool homes during summer heat waves

ABC Affiliate, WTXL Tallahassee | Story by Jessie Cohen The hot summer months have been hard on many American families. “I’m worried to hear that one of our families passed away because of it,” said Mayra Avina, the family support services manager for Focus Points Family Resource Center. To survive extreme heat, people in many …

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