Weatherization/Energy Assistance

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Colorado’s Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

The Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally-funded program that helps eligible Colorado families, seniors and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs.

LEAP helps keep communities warm during the winter (November through April) by providing assistance with heating costs, equipment repair and/or replacement of inoperable heating tools. While the program is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, LEAP aims to help alleviate some of the burdens that come with Colorado's colder months.

A table that shows the income levels for LEAP assistance

For applications, please contact Tracy Troia at 303-679-2364.

Did you know that Clear Creek County residents can also get help with weatherization and energy efficiency upgrades? These opportunities are provided through two programs, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE). Current LEAP participants may automatically qualify for the WAP and CARE program, which can assist them to have warmer homes and lower energy bills. 

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Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Assistance 

Clear Creek County is working with the Northwest Colorado Council of Governments (NWCCOG) to provide homeowners and renters in our community with weatherization and energy efficiency assistance.

These opportunities are provided through two programs, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE), the details are available below.

Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE):

Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE) is a state program that provides free energy conservation services to eligible households, both for owner-occupied and rental properties. Clear Creek County CARE applicants must utilize either Colorado Natural Gas or Xcel Energy as their utility provider in order to be eligible.

Qualified applicants may receive assistance with insulation, air-sealing, furnace repair, furnace replacement, refrigerator replacement, LED Lightbulbs, and more.

If the CARE application is approved, NWCCOG will:

  1. Schedule a free home energy audit.
  2. Manage the FREE installation of approved energy efficiency upgrades to the home, following the audit.
  3. Send a certified inspector to assess the completed work for quality.

A blue table that shows prices and incomes for energy assistance.

Applicants may also be qualified for CARE if they or a member of their household are currently enrolled in any of the following programs:

  • Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)
  • Old Age Pension (OAP)
  • Aid to the Blind (AB)
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Section 8 Housing

To apply for the CARE program, please complete the application available here.

Rental applicants will also need to submit a landlord waiver completed by the property owner, available here.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP):

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is a federally funded program that provides free energy conservation services to eligible households, both owner-occupied and renters.

Qualified applicants may receive assistance with insulation, air-sealing, furnace repair, furnace replacement, refrigerator replacement, LED lightbulbs, storm windows and doors, and Health and Safety evaluations.

If the WAP application is approved, NWCCOG will:

  1. Schedule a free home energy audit to identify the most appropriate and cost-effective home improvements.
  2. Schedule a qualified weatherization crew to install appropriate energy efficient upgrades for free, following the audit.
  3. Send a certified inspector to assess the completed work for quality.

    A table that shows income levels for WAP energy assitance.

Applicants may also be qualified for WAP if they or a member of their household are currently enrolled in any of the following programs:

  • Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)

To apply for the WAP,  please complete the application available here.

Energy Outreach Colorado

Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) leads a network of industry, state, and local partners to Support, Stabilize and Sustain Coloradans to afford their energy needs. We are the only statewide non-profit that raises funds to help low-income Coloradans afford their home energy so they can remain safe at home. Since our founding in 1989, EOC has invested more than $410 million in affordable energy programs and saved low-income community members millions of dollars through lowered energy use.

In Colorado, 1 in 4 households struggles to meet their basic household energy needs. This energy insecurity can mean reducing or going without food or medicine to pay utility bills, leaving homes at unhealthy temperatures, or even facing disconnection.

Energy Outreach Colorado partners with organizations and caring individuals across the state to protect the economic health and physical well-being of all Coloradans. Our work ensures that everyone can afford and access the energy that powers their homes. By tackling our community’s energy challenges through immediate and long-term relief, households can thrive.

Download a PDF application here.