Counties Served
  • 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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Income Guidelines

1 person, up to $ 24,120
2 people, up to $ 32,480
3 people, up to $ 40,840
4 people, up to $ 49,200
5 people, up to $ 57,560
6 people, up to $ 65,920
7 people, up to $ 74,280
8 people, up to $ 82,640

LEAP, TANF, OAP, SSI, SSDI, SNAP, AND recipients automatically qualify for NWCCOG’s weatherization services.

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Free Home Energy Audits and Efficiency Upgrades for Income-Qualified Residents

The Colorado Energy Office Weatherization Program provides free services to income-qualified residents statewide to reduce their fuel consumption and heating costs. Residents can expect to see a 40 to 45 percent drop in utility bills for heating and electricity.

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

Improvements are made by NWC-COG Weatherization Specialists through federal and state grant monies.

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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, have pre-existing health and safety problems, such as gas leaks or carbon monoxide risks. The weatherization crew or local subcontractors will correct these problems. Every home that uses propane or natural gas receives at least two safety inspections.

Furnace upgrades: Old, inefficient furnaces are replaced with energy-efficient models. Newer furnaces receive a complete tune-up.

Refrigerators: Refrigerators that use excessive amounts of electricity are replaced with a new ENERGY STAR refrigerator. All old refrigerators are returned to an appliance recycling facility. 

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?

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

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