New Garfield County program offers $150,000 in financial assistance for home energy upgrades

Garfield County is funding a new program launched by the intergovernmental organization Garfield Clean Energy (GCE) to help low- and middle-income households reduce their utility bills by making energy efficiency improvements.

ReEnergize Garfield County is expected to provide $150,000 in rebates in 2022, according to a press release from GCE.

Maisa Metcalf is Director of Programs and Services for Clean Energy Economy for the Region (CLEER), the Carbondale-based nonprofit organization that runs GCE’s programs.

She explained that the funding will allow ReEnergize to extend benefits to high-income people who did not previously qualify, as well as fill gaps in existing programs for low-income households.

“Many of our Garfield County families are grappling with rising energy prices, in addition to the ongoing economic effects of the pandemic,” Garfield County Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said in the statement. “The ReEnergize program is providing relief in a way that will keep on giving, and the county is proud to fund it.”

ReEnergize builds on existing federal and state programs that help income-qualified residents with the funds needed to retrofit their homes to save energy and money, Metcalf said.

Families earning less than 60% of the area’s median income are already eligible for assistance through the federal Weather Bloat Assistance Program (WAP), which covers home weathering, window replacements and some other energy saving measures. Similarly, families earning 60 to 80 percent of the median income can get similar help through the Colorado Affordable Residential Energy (CARE) program.

ReEnergize extends assistance to Garfield County residents earning up to 120% of median income. For a family of four, this equates to an annual income of $105,960.

The program provides financial assistance to middle-income households at two levels. Those earning between 81 and 100 percent of the median are eligible for a rebate of up to $5,000 on recommended metrics. And, those earning 101-120% of the median, the rebate cap is $3,000.

“If your home is cold and drafty, or if heating and cooling is costing you too much, ReEnergize can allow you to make major fixes for free or at a great value,” said Metcalf said in the statement. “Then you’ll save money on your utility bills every month after that.”

All households enrolled in ReEnergize receive a free home energy assessment and written report identifying the specific actions that will do the most good and save the most money, along with personalized advice on how to proceed, says the communicated.

Recommended actions can range from inexpensive repairs like LED lights and programmable thermostats to major upgrades like a new heating/cooling system, water heater or refrigerator. ReEnergize can also fund measures that address health and safety concerns, such as mold and carbon monoxide leaks, the statement said.

Additionally, ReEnergize partners with the WAP and CARE programs to provide additional funding for certain expenses they don’t cover, such as electrical upgrades, addressing health and safety issues, and converting from propane to heating. electric.

To find out if you qualify for ReEnergize Garfield County, visit, CLEER at 970-704-9200, or attend one of the upcoming ReEnergize drop-in sessions being held at Garfield County Libraries in from February 28.

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