Who We Are

NWCCOG’s Energy Program provides quality energy efficiency services in a safe and cost-effective manner to income qualified households across a 13 county territory of Northwest Colorado.

The Energy Program administers 3 programs designed to lower energy costs for income qualifying Coloradoan’s:  the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE) and the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).  Households which qualify for a program from an energy-improvement and income standpoint following a home energy audit will be scheduled for installation, the cost of which is entirely covered through the program.  The program specializes in retrofitting energy efficient systems into the most challenging existing structures.

Services include an energy-efficiency and safety audit followed by installation of  insulation, caulking, weather-stripping, installation of storm windows, and in certain cases new energy-efficient furnaces and refrigerators.  The Energy program also leverages these skills for special projects, for instance retrofit of multi-family and affordable housing projects upon request.

Impact Metrics

Weatherization not only helps households, it also helps revitalize communities by spurring economic growth and reducing environmental impact.

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Average Savings per Household

1.72

of savings per dollar spent

2.78

per dollar saved in Non-Energy Benefits*

14148

total health and household related benefits per unit

*Non-energy benefits include benefits such as fewer days missed of work or school.

Doug Jones
In twenty years working just about every role up to his current one as Program Director, Doug has shaped the Energy department into an innovative, mission-based program. Raised in Pennsylvania, where he achieved an Associate Degree in Architectural Technology, Jones then worked for five years with a Master Homebuilder during...
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Weatherization Assistance Program Celebrates 46 Years of Home Improvement

October 30th is National Weatherization Day, an opportunity to highlight the impact of the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). In 1976, Congress established WAP to address the disproportionate energy burden on low-income households. Since its founding, WAP has helped more than 7 million households save money on energy costs and improve the health and…

SUCCESS STORY

Infrastructure law set to boost Colorado’s work tackling poverty and climate change

"Colorado is trying to fight both poverty and climate change by retrofitting low-income homes. Now the state set to get a big boost from the new federal infrastructure law." - NPR News

Five Mobile Homes in Eagle County converted to all electric

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) today announced the renovation of five mobile homes in Eagle County through its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) resulting in successful transitions from propane to fully electric heating and cooking. The projects were a joint effort between CEO, Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Eagle County, Walking Mountains Science Center and Holy Cross Energy.

Partnering In Dotsero Mobile Home Park for Family of Eight

"For the past five years, Susana Martinez Oliva has dreaded the onset of winter..." so begins the story in The Colorado Trust which highlights how NWCCOG's Energy Program served Martinez by improving the structure's energy efficiency.

Success Story

Summit Advocates- Saving 20% Per Month

The Summit Daily highlights NWCCOG Energy going above and beyond for Summit Victims of Assault to save them operating costs on their shelter so they can invest more in their mission.  It is typical of the Energy Program staff to seek out additional resources and funding partners when they can to add valuable work to a project.

Success Story

Dumont

Job loss following a cancer diagnosis can compound the hardships faced by members of our communities, as it did for this senior couple in Dumont. Their manufactured home was a high energy user with an old furnace—only 63% efficient—delivering more heated air to the outside rather than inside. A sewer leak and an incorrectly vented…

History of the Programs

WAP was established by the federal government in the late 1970’s in response to the 1973 oil embargo, which increased the energy burden on low-income households and underscored the need for energy independence.

The cost of heating inequitably affects those who can least afford it.  The average low-income household spends 17% of its income on residential energy as opposed to 4% for the average American family (often living in a newer home with more recent energy efficiencies built-in).

NWCCOG has weatherized over 3000 homes since becoming a local administering agency under the WAP. Weatherization has helped preserve affordable housing units in the region while making homes safer and more energy efficient. Each dollar invested through the program results in $1.72 is saved on utility bills.

The CARE Program was established by Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) and provides upgrades to homes.  It is funded by contributions from Electric and gas utilities as well as private donations.  NWCCOG has been a CARE program provider since 2016 and has serviced over 250 homes.  CARE Program income qualifiers are based on Area Median Income and can provide service to those who may not qualify for Weatherization Assistance.

CIP provides emergency services for approved LEAP clients.  If you are without heat, we can help you. Through CIP we coordinate emergency repair and/or replacement of your heating system. While we don’t provide routine maintenance, we will help to get your heat back on when it goes out.

Testimonials

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