State launching multi-family weatherization project

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The Governor’s Energy Office is seeking applications from organizations interested in providing weatherization services to large, multi-family buildings.

The project, which is being funded by money from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, is designed to help low-income families save energy and cut utility bills. In the past, the majority of weatherization services have focused largely on single-family homes and mobile homes.

“Buildings are our largest energy users,” said Tom Plant, GEO director.  “By making them more energy efficient we create dramatic savings and take another step toward greater energy independence as part of Colorado’s New Energy Economy.”
The grant recipient will manage $3 million during the first year of the program to allow the GEO to gauge the feasibility and effectiveness of the project. The application is available at http://www.colorado.gov/energy/index.php?/policy/weatherization-assistance/. Colorado will receive nearly $80 million in Recovery Act funding during the next three years to expand weatherization across the state.

Improvements can include energy audits, upgraded insulation in walls and attics, air-sealing of leaks in the home and replacement of old, inefficient furnaces and appliances.

Multi-family buildings that qualify for weatherization services include those in which at least 66 percent of units in the building are occupied by residents who are already receiving financial assistance under other programs, including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid.

Eligibility also can be determined by household income. Under ARRA, residents earning up to 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level can apply.