ReEnergize and eBikeThere programs see strong demand

Clean energy programs in Garfield County are even more popular than expected. Applications for ReEnergize Garfield County maxed out the program’s 2023 funding allocation in less than a month this spring, and our new eBikeThere Garfield County program received a staggering 300 applications before the enrollment period closed on May 5.

ReEnergize helps low- and moderate-income households lower their utility bills and make their homes healthier and more comfortable. Households earning up to 150% of the area median income can qualify for financial aid toward recommended home energy measures.

The program is clearly filling a need, because nearly 200 Garfield County households have applied for funding since it launched last year. About 90 have received or been approved for ReEnergize grants of up to $5,000, and another 90 have received or been referred for benefits under other state or federal programs.

Although ReEnergize's current round of funding has been allocated, it’s still very worth your while to apply. New applicants will be placed on the waitlist for future funding, which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Furthermore, your income may qualify you for benefits through other programs.

eBikeThere Garfield County, launched in April, helps reduce vehicle travel and pollution by making e-bikes more affordable to income-qualified county residents who are willing to switch from commuting by vehicle to commuting by e-bike in good weather.

Our staff and CLEER board members are currently reviewing the 300 applicants to select the 40 who present the greatest opportunity to reduce their carbon footprint. They will receive a brand-new, fully loaded e-bike at the highly discounted price of just $150. Who says saving energy doesn’t pay?