The Energy Resource Center is doing good work. We help income-qualified families in the Pikes Peak Region, Denver and San Luis Valley make energy-efficiency home improvements that save them at least 20 percent on their utility bills while making their lives at home healthier and more comfortable.
We love what we do and we’re very good at it. And, if you’ve ever taken on a home improvement project, you probably know they’re not usually free. We need community support to buy the necessary supplies, pay our skilled technicians and contractors, and drive our trucks to the hundreds of homes where we work every year.
If you still need convincing, here are seven reasons to give to the ERC:
- The community
The Energy Resource Center didn’t just help 629 families make their homes more energy efficient in 2013, we also worked with key community organizations and nonprofits, such as Greccio Housing, the Colorado Springs Housing Authority and the Catamount Institute, to make deep community impacts.
- The environment
The ERC doesn’t help people temporarily by paying part of their utility bills; we help them make permanent changes to their homes that reduce their monthly utility bills. When homes in our community consume less electricity and natural gas, the results are good for the environment.
If you saw a family shivering in the cold and you could give them a blanket, would you? That’s essentially what the ERC does. While most people call us because they have trouble affording their utility bills, they are most grateful for our work when they remember how cold and uncomfortable their homes used to feel.
- Economic vitality
When the Energy Resource Center makes improvements to a home, the economic ripple effect is vast. For one, the family living in the home has more money to spend on groceries and other goods. For another, the home is worth more, contributing to increasing home values throughout the many communities where we work.
When homes are cold and drafty, poorly ventilated and potentially filled with dangerous levels of carbon monoxide gas, health is a serious issue. The work ERC does helps families stay healthy and avoid trips to the doctor’s office or emergency room.
- Your utility bills
When the Energy Resource Center reduces the amount of energy one household uses by 20 to 40 percent, that’s electricity your utility company doesn’t have to buy or generate, and it’s natural gas the utility doesn’t have to replace. By reducing energy use at 629 homes last year, we’ve helped utility companies in the Pikes Peak Region, Denver and San Luis Valley avoid having to invest in new power generation equipment or increase gas supplies.
Keeping expenses down for your utility company helps to keep utility costs down for you.
- It’s easy
Donating to the Energy Resource Center is easy. Just click on the button below and contribute as much or as little as you want. Even a few dollars helps us.