DENVER, Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The City of Denver'sOffice of Strategic Partnerships (DOSP) is awarding $750,000 to Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) to improve the energy efficiency of affordable housing and the facilities of local nonprofits that support under-served communities.
EOC is a statewide nonprofit that supports affordable energy for limited income Coloradans. In addition to its energy efficiency work, it provides energy bill payment assistance, emergency home furnace repair and energy education. The 2017 DOSP grant will fund EOC's work to improve the energy efficiency of at least 600 affordable housing apartments and 10 nonprofit facilities achieve a total energy savings of 750,000 kWh and 74,000 therms. In addition to the energy savings, this equates to removing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 1,263,234 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle. This is the ninth year EOC has received DOSP funding for energy efficiency improvements. In 2016, EOC managed the weatherization of 1,749 affordable housing units and 19 energy efficiency projects at local nonprofits. One project was at a Salvation Army shelter for families transitioning out of homelessness. The project generated $8,230 savings in annual energy costs is funding additional services for the families served at the 24-hour-a day site. "Energy Outreach Colorado makes an incredible difference in many people's lives by reducing overhead costs so a nonprofit can provide more direct benefits and help more people," said William Raihl, Divisional Property Director with The Salvation Army. "This investment comes back many times over to the people of Denver because we can help more families through the process to become more self-sufficient." About Energy Outreach Colorado Energy Outreach Colorado raises funds to help low-income Coloradans afford home energy and remain warm and safe in their homes. Established in 1989, Energy Outreach works with partner assistance organizations, vendors and subcontractors across the state to provide energy bill payment assistance, emergency home furnace repair, weatherization services, energy efficiency grants for affordable housing and nonprofit facilities, energy education, and advocacy on behalf of low-income energy consumers.