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Weatherization

In partnership with local agencies and the U.S. Department of Energy, GEO offers a free Weatherization Program to Colorado’s low-income residents, giving them the opportunity to access cost-effective energy efficiency services through its Weatherization Program. This program gives eligible residents the ability to save money on their energy bills by implementing energy efficiency measures.

Weatherization is a blanket term for a variety of measures that improve the energy efficiency of your home. These cost-effective improvements and upgrades will reduce energy usage, saving you money while improving the comfort of your home year round.

Weatherization improvements can include:

  • Energy Audit
  • Insulation in Attics and Walls
  • Furnace Replacement
  • Furnace Safety Testing
  • Refrigerator Replacement
  • Sealing Air Leaks
  • Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFL)
  • Storm Windows and Doors
  • Energy Conservation Information

To learn more about the GEO’s weatherization program, consult the FAQ below.


Weatherization Program FAQ

  • How does the GEO’s Weatherization Program work?
  • What are the benefits of weatherizing my home?
  • Do I qualify?
  • How do I apply?
  • What if I rent my home?
  • What if I live in an apartment?
  • What if I live in a mobile home?
  • How does the GEO ensure that the work completed by the agency is high quality?
  • What is the Multi-family Weatherization Program, and how does it work?
  • What are the GEO Weatherization Policies?
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The CEO Weatherization Program partners with local weatherization agencies throughout the state to provide free weatherization services to Colorado residents. Qualified homeowners or renters can apply for these services by contacting their local weatherization agency. Once you contact your agency, you will need to follow a few simple steps to receive weatherization services:

  • Complete an application. Your local agency will provide an application and assist you with completing it.
  • Once your application is approved, your agency will schedule a free home energy audit. The home energy audit will identify the most appropriate and cost-effective improvements to be applied to your home.
  • After your home’s appropriate measures are identified, your agency will schedule the service appointment. A qualified crew of weatherization technicians will install the appropriate improvements in your home.
  • Once the work has been completed, an inspector will return to your home to assess the work for quality and completion.
  • You’ll save energy, cut your utility bill and enjoy a more comfortable home.
     
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There are numerous reasons for homeowners or renters to participate in the CEO Weatherization Program. Whether you are looking to save money, improve the comfort and value of your home, or help protect our environment, weatherization can help. Here are some benefits to weatherizing your home:

  • Save money
  • Save energy
  • Preserve national energy independence and security
  • Help preserve our natural resources
  • Keep your home cool in the summer
  • Keep your home warm in the winter
  • Reduce your greenhouse gas emissions
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If you currently receive financial assistance from any of the following programs, you automatically qualify for weatherization services:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)
  • Old Age Pension (OAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Households can also be eligible if they meet required income guidelines. You can use the chart below to see if you qualify.

Number of Household Members Gross Annual Household Income*

1

$23,340.00

2

$31,460.00

3

$39,580.00

4

$47,700.00

5

$55,820.00

6

$63,940.00

7

$72,060.00

8

$80,180.00


For families with more than 8 persons, add $8,120.00 for each additional person.

 

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Before you fill out an application, you should contact your local weatherization agency to see if your home has been previously weatherized. Click here for a list of local agencies.  Homes weatherized before September 30, 1994 may receive services again; homes that received services after that date are ineligible to be re-weatherized.  Once your local weatherization agency confirms that your home is eligible for weatherization, please fill out and return an application.  Your local weatherization agency can mail one to you.

 

Once your local weatherization agency confirms that your home is eligible for weatherization, you can fill out and return an application. Your local weatherization agency can mail one to you.

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If the landlord agrees, renters in single-family, multifamily, and manufactured residences can qualify for the free Colorado Energy Office Weatherization Program.  Contact your local weatherization agency for details; Click Here

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You may be eligible for multifamily weatherization services if you are currently living in a building with five units or more and you do not have your own furnace.  Please ask your Facilities Manager to contact Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) at (303) 226-5059.  If your building has four units or less, or if you have your own furnace, please contact your local weatherization agency.

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Manufactured residences may also be eligible for the program.  The most common improvements performed in manufactured residences are furnace replacements, storm windows, and insulation measures.

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Once the weatherization work is completed, an inspector will return to your home to assess the work done and make sure no work was missed. The CEO also works closely with all of its agencies to make sure staff members are properly trained and equipped and adhere to quality assurance standards.

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Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) provides weatherization services for centrally-heated, multifamily buildings throughout Colorado.  The purpose of the multifamily program is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings owned or occupied by low-income persons, thereby saving energy, reducing utility bills, and improving health and safety. To qualify, property owners, low-income housing providers, and/or housing authorities must submit an application to EOC for committee review and evaluation.

 

Buildings must meet the following criteria in order to qualify for weatherization funding:

  • Have 5 or more dwelling units

  • Have a centralized heat source (no individually-heated units)

  • Have not been previously weatherized through any Colorado Energy Office Weatherization Program (CEO Wx) since September 30, 1994

 

Property owners must be able to demonstrate the following in order to qualify for weatherization funding:

  • At least 66% of the building’s residents meet the income qualification criteria

  • That the benefits of weatherization will accrue to the residents

  • That rents will not be increased for a reasonable period of time

  • In order to receive priority funding status, vulnerable populations such as the elderly (aged 60 or greater), persons with disabilities, and families with children 5 and under, must benefit directly from the weatherization service

 

Income Requirements

Income qualification requirements are defined as follows:

 

Number of Household Members

Gross Annual Household Income*

1

$23,340.00

2

$31,460.00

3

$39,580.00

4

$47,700.00

5

$55,820.00

6

$63,940.00

7

$72,060.00

8

$80,180.00


For families with more than 8 persons, add $8,120.00 for each additional person.

 

In addition, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) issued a final ruling via 10 CFR 440.22 that makes it easier for public and other assisted housing developments to participate in the CEO Wx.  Under the rule, the CEO Wx will be allowed to accept certifications of eligible buildings from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service.  HUD and USDA will each maintain lists of all eligible properties based on data gathered through existing income certification procedures applicable to each property.

 

Projects that pass the competitive selection process then begin a 7-step process towards weatherization:

 

  1. Determine Eligibility:  Property owners submit income verification for each resident (if required), as well as, a 12 month history of the building’s energy usage.

  2. Calculate Budget:  EOC will calculate the maximum budget for each property, which is based on the percentage of income-eligible units and a DOE-approved per-unit average maximum expenditure limit.

  3. Identify Measures:  EOC will conduct a DOE-approved building energy audit in order to generate a prioritized list of Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs), ranked by cost-effectiveness.  Program requirements dictate the material and labor costs for each EEM must be recovered through the energy savings projected over the useful life of the EEM.  In other words, fundable EEMs are those that achieve a savings to investment ratio of 1.0 or greater.

  4. Sign Contract Agreement:  EOC will produce a scope of work for the project outlining the EEMs eligible for funding.  Per federal requirements, EOC will negotiate a cost-sharing arrangement with the property owner.  Property owners who cannot make a financial contribution or who are unable to leverage additional sources of funding are still eligible for weatherization funds, but they must demonstrate proof of their inability to contribute.  The property owner, EOC, and applicable vendors will enter into a contract once an agreement on the EEMs and financial contributions is reached.

  5. Solicit Bids:  EOC is responsible for obtaining construction bids.  Contracts may be renegotiated if contractor bids are significantly higher than anticipated.

  6. Install Measures:  EOC is responsible for selecting, scheduling, and managing contractors.

 

Final Inspection:  EOC will conduct a final inspection after all work is completed in order to ensure all installation requirements are met and that the work meets quality expectations.  All necessary corrections must be remedied by the contractor prior to payment.

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All policies and procedures are centrally managed on the Weatherization Partners Focalpoint portal. To access, please go to the folllowing URL and use the following as the login information:

Login: AD03\policies

Password: WxPolicy2014