The CARE Program
Several 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:
- A home energy assessment or walk-through to identify energy improvements for the home.
- Energy upgrades, depending on the home’s priorities, to help households take control over utility bills, improve the comfort and safety of the home, and save money each month.
Step 1: See if You Qualify
- Identify your utility provider. Customers of 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 are eligible for assistance.
- Determine your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). If your AGI, or your annual household income before taxes, is equal to, or less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for your county, you could qualify for support from the CARE program. Please note: household income is the total of all income earned from all adults in the home, related or un-related, including roommates. Determine if you qualify »
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. Download form here »
Step 2: Apply
To apply, choose from any of the following options:
Call your local Energy Smart Colorado partner.
Click here to complete an online application »
Make sure to check the box on page 3 indicating that you may be income-qualified.
Download an application:
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
Step 3: Your Home Energy Assessment will be Scheduled
Step 4: Free Home Energy Upgrades will be Installed
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.