Colorado Springs Utilities and the Energy Resource Center have partnered to provide energy and water efficiency improvements for qualifying residential customers through the Home Efficiency Assistance Program.
HEAP participants receive an in-home energy and water audits. Those results are used to recommend various improvements that could include:
- Additional insulation to attics, sidewalls and crawlspaces
- Up to six compact florescent light bulbs in high usage areas
- Inefficient refrigerator may be replaced with an energy efficient refrigerator, if eligible
- Existing showerheads and toilets may be replaced with low-flow models
- A standing pilot furnace may be replaced with an 80 percent efficient or greater model under two circumstances, which are: 1) if the furnace is 20 years old, or 2) if the furnace is less than 20 years old and operating at 60 percent efficiency or less. The customer must contribute $500 toward the cost of the new furnace. (Boiler systems do not quality for replacement.)
Energy Resource Center technicians work with customers throughout the entire weatherization process on how they can improve energy and water efficiency in their home, and how they can maintain newly installed appliances.
To qualify, a customer must:
- Own the property they live in; and
- Reside in a single family home, townhouse, condo, multi-family unit (duplex or fourplex) or mobile/modular/manufactured home; and
- Have a household gross income at or below 250 percent of federal poverty guidelines.
For more information, and to find out if you qualify for HEAP, contact the Energy Resource Center at 591-0772.