Might You Be Income-Qualified?


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Energy Smart Colorado partners collaborate with Energy Outreach Colorado’s Colorado Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) program to assist income-qualified residents in improving the comfort, safety and efficiency of their home.

This program provides the following, free of charge, for qualifying residents:

  1. A home energy assessment or walk-through to identify energy improvements for your home.
  2. Energy upgrades, depending on your home’s priorities, to help you take control over your utility bills, improve the comfort and safety of your home, and save money each month.

STEP 1: See if you qualify

  1. Atmos Energy, Black Hills Energy, City of Gunnison Electric, Gunnison County Electric Association, Holy Cross Energy, La Plata Electric Association, Platte River Power Authority, San Miguel Power Association, Xcel Energy, or Yampa Valley Electric Association customers are eligible for assistance.
  2. Determine your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Your AGI, or your monthly household income before taxes, must be equal to or less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for your county. Please note: household income is the total of all income earned from all adults in the home, related or un-related, including roommates.

Qualification Details. If your household gross income, before taxes, is less than these income limits in your county, you could qualify for support from the CARE program.

Owners & Renters Are Eligible

Programs are available to both renters or homeowners in single family homes, mobile homes, apartments, condos, townhomes, or duplexes. Renters who receive and pay the utility bills for the residence are eligible, but must first receive signed permission from their landlord.

Additional Statewide Programs

In partnership with local agencies and the United States Department of Energy (DOE), the Colorado Energy Office (CEO) offers a free Weatherization Program to Colorado’s low-income residents, giving them the opportunity to access cost-effective energy efficiency services.

In addition, the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally funded program that helps pay a portion of winter home heating costs for eligible Colorado families, seniors and individuals. Applications are open from November 1 through April 30.

Call 1-855-4-MY-HEAT (1-855-469-4328) to learn about programs that can provide assistance in an emergency situation. Call 1-866-Heat-Help (1-866-432-8435) to identify other programs that could be available to you.

STEP 2: Apply

To apply, choose from any of the following options:

By Phone: Find your nearest Energy Smart Colorado partner and give us a call.

In Person: Stop into an office nearest you and we’ll help you complete your application.

By Mail: Call your nearest Energy Smart Colorado community. We will mail you an application to complete and return by mail.

Online: Click here to complete the application online. Make sure to check the box on page 3 indicating that you believe you are income-qualified.

Download: Click here to download the application. Print, complete, include income documentation and mail to CARE at Energy Outreach Colorado, 225 E 16th Ave Ste 200 Denver, Colorado 80203

Haga clic aquí para una aplicación en español.

STEP 3: If you qualify, we will schedule your home energy assessment.

Learn more about the Energy Smart home energy assessment.

STEP 4: Receive your free energy upgrades!

These are dependent on your home’s priorities.

Energy Smart Colorado transforms the local energy efficiency market and stimulates home and business energy improvements through access to information, capital and a skilled workforce. 



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