Free ERC Services

Free ERC Services

Energy Resource Center Does Not Pay Utility Bills – We Help You Lower Them.

The Energy Resource Center offers free energy efficiency evaluations and upgrades to income-qualified residents of El Paso, Denver, Jefferson, Teller, Fremont, Elbert, Douglas, Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Saguache and Rio Grande counties. We operate the program in conjunction with Colorado Springs Utilities, Excel Energy, Colorado Energy Office (CEO) and other area utility companies.

Who Qualifies?

If you qualify for the Low-income Energy Assistance Program – LEAP – or Supplemental Security Income, you automatically qualify for free assistance from The Energy Resource Center.

To see other income limits and requirements, visit our Getting Started: Low Income and Getting Started: Middle Income pages.

ERC helps homeowners in condominiums, town-homes, site-built and modular homes. We also help low-income renters, though landlords will usually be asked to contribute to the cost of improvements.

What We Do

  • ERC will send an experienced energy auditor to your home to evaluate your energy efficiency and where energy is being lost. The audit usually takes about two hours.
  • Once the auditor completes his onsite work, he feeds information into a computer program that helps us decide what improvements will make the biggest difference in your energy bills and comfort for the smallest investment.
  • Then we send certified technicians to your home to make upgrades, which usually include adding insulation to your walls and attic, changing light bulbs to CFL and LEDs, and repairing or replacing old appliances and leaky or inefficient faucets. The work takes one to three days depending on how much we need to do.

Long-term Benefits

Working with ERC could help your family save on energy bills long into the future. The home improvements we help you make will not only enhance your everyday life and save you an average of 20 percent on your monthly utility bill, they will add value to your home.

Don’t Qualify for our Free Services?
You can still benefit from an ERC Energy Audit.

ERC offers energy assessments and services at competitive prices. Best of all, your payment helps to support our non-profit efforts.

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