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.

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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Your Xcel bill has tons of small charges. Here’s what they’re for.

CPR News | Written by Miguel Otárola Cutting down on home energy costs is no longer as easy as just switching off the light when you leave a room or insulating the attic, said Denise Stepto, chief communications officer for Energy Outreach Colorado, a nonprofit that provides bill assistance to qualifying residents.  Natural gas prices …

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Energy Outreach Colorado helps over 25,000 households afford their home energy costs

As the COVID-19 pandemic reaches the one-year mark, the number of people experiencing critical home energy burdens continue to rise. From April 1, 2020 to March 1, 2021, Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) received over 250,000 calls from vulnerable Coloradans looking for urgent help affording their utility bills. EOC has paid over 25,000 past due utility …

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Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) completes 1,000 homes in Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) program

Energy Outreach Colorado’s CARE program has reached a significant milestone with the completion of 1,000 homes since the programs launch in 2015. CARE was created to address the growing need for home weatherization and energy upgrade services for income-qualifying households in rural communities. Over the past five years, CARE has expanded into over 40 counties …

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Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) helps warm homes

Income-qualifying households may qualify for free heating repairs or replacements. Energy Outreach Colorado’s Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) provides free home furnace repairs and/or replacements for qualified low-income households statewide. In partnership with the Department of Human Services and LEAP, CIP supports vulnerable households like seniors, veterans, disabled persons, and low-income families who struggle to afford …

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Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) receives national honor

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has identified Energy Outreach Colorado’s Low-Income Program as one of America’s outstanding energy efficiency programs. In a national review, ACEEE selected the EOC Low-Income Program to receive an Exemplary Program Award based on its effectiveness and innovation in helping customers achieve greater levels of energy efficiency. “These programs …

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