Energy Outreach Colorado’s (EOC) work supporting affordable energy helps thousands of low-income individuals and families, residents of affordable housing communities and other dedicated nonprofits that serve low-income communities.
Energy Outreach offers energy efficiency grants for Colorado nonprofit facilities and affordable housing buildings, as well as energy bill payment assistance and emergency furnace repair for low-income households. They efficiently provide these services through a statewide network of partner nonprofits, vendors, contractors and funders.
For example, EOC’s Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Program (NEEP) offers grants to install energy efficient equipment for nonprofits serving low-income individuals and families. Grant recipients reduce their energy costs and can allocate more of their operating budget to assist low-income community members.
I can’t tell you how truly grateful we are for NEEP,” said Brooke Hayden, executive director at Blue Peaks Developmental Services in Alamosa. “We’re a very lean organization and keep our administrative costs as low as possible. We couldn’t have done these improvements ourselves.
The energy efficiency improvements installed in Blue Peaks’ administrative building are “making an enormous impact” in a 1930s-era historical building that was drafty, dim and energy inefficient. Blue Peaks re-invests the energy cost savings into programs supporting persons with development disabilities in the San Luis Valley.
In Denver, Firefly Autism is one of 35 organizations that received a NEEP energy efficiency grant last year. As a result, the nonprofit saves $1,500 in annual energy costs, a 10 percent reduction which is used for increased client services.
Additional funding helped us maintain and increase our high level of comprehensive services, including speech and occupational therapy, mental health counseling and psychiatric services,” said Ken Winn, Firefly’s chief clinical officer.
For more information about Energy Outreach Colorado’s NEEP program contact Brooke Pike at firstname.lastname@example.org or (303) 226-5060 and visit energyoutreach.org.