Free home energy audits and efficiency upgrades for income-qualified residents

The Colorado Energy Office Weatherization Program provides free services to low and moderate income residents statewide to reduce their fuel consumption and heating costs. Weatherization preserves affordable housing by reducing household energy consumption and heating costs. Residents can expect to see a 40 to 45 percent drop in utility bills for heating and electricity.

Northwest COG

Communities in northwest Colorado are served by the Northwest Council of Governments Weatherization and Energy Management program. The NW-COG program is based in Silverthorne, and a second weatherization crew is based in New Castle.

What services are included?

Home energy audit
A home energy audit is a custom evaluation of your home's building envelope, insulation, heating and cooling systems, appliances and overall building durability and safety. The audit identifies the upgrades that will best improve the home's energy efficiency and result in the highest possible energy savings.

Weatherization upgrades
Sealing up air leaks and adding insulation makes your home warmer in winter, cooler in summer, less drafty and more comfortable year-round. Weatherization services include caulking and weatherstripping, insulation, addition of storm windows and minor repairs.

Health and safety upgrades
Many of the homes, particularly mobile homes, weatherized in the High Country Weatherization Region have pre-existing health and safety problems. The weatherization crew or local subcontractors will correct health and safety problems such as gas leaks or carbon monoxide risks. Every home that uses propane or natural gas receives at least two safety inspections.

Furnace and appliance upgrades
Old, inefficient furnaces are replaced with energy-efficient models. Newer furnaces receive a complete tune-up. Refrigerators that use excessive amounts of electricity are replaced with a new Whirlpool Energy Star-rated refrigerator. All old refrigerators are returned to an appliance recycling facility in Denver. 

Light bulb change-outs
Incandescent light bulbs are replaced with energy efficient compact fluorescent or LED bulbs, which use 75 percent less energy.

Pellet stoves
Certain homes that use all-electric baseboard heat may have a pellet stove installed. This clean-burning biomass heating system can warm a home for half the cost of electric baseboard systems.

Do rental homes or apartments occupied by low-income or eligible families qualify?

Yes. Landlords are required to pay for half the cost of furnace an refrigerator replacements.

Are services available for multi-family buildings?

NW COG Weatherization will work on buildings with up to four residential units. Larger apartment buildings are weatherized through a separate program administered by the Governor's Energy Office.

Get started now

Call (970) 468-0295


NW COG service area map

Northwest Council of Governments Weatherization serves:

Chaffee County
Clear Creek County
Eagle County
Garfield County
Grand County
Jackson County
Lake County
Moffat County
Park County
Pitkin County
Rio Blanco County
Routt County
Summit County

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Call (970) 468-0295


Energy Outreach Colorado

Need help now? Energy Outreach Colorado is a statewide organization that helps families deal with energy costs.

Get help paying your energy bills

Get emergency help for your furnace

Heating system failure?

Call toll-free 1-855-469-4328

Energy Outreach Colorado can help replace a failed furnace or boiler.