Home makeovers help cut energy bills

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) During the summer, our energy bills can climb when we try to keep our homes cool. So, one non-profit group is helping low-income homeowners cut their energy bills down.

Non-profit group Energy Resource Center installs insulation to one Colorado Springs home.

Ted Clark's 1930's home in Colorado Springs is getting a big facelift.

"This is a great opportunity for me," said Clark. "It's really going to help my energy bills, I think, probably cut them in half."

It's all thanks to the non-profit Energy Resource Center.

"If they qualify for LEAP or any of those other programs, they automatically qualify," said Susan Parker, the Community Relations manager for Energy Resource Center. "They qualify for our services for free, no cost whatsoever."

Crews were insulating Clark's crawl space while we were there. They also filled the walls of his home with insulation.

"Many homes in our area, do not have insulation in them," said Parker. "That same insulation that’s going to make you warmer in the winter will also help cool you in the summertime, as well. Insulation is a very important factor.”

Clark tells us they did a lot of other work, too.

“They sealed all the doors, put in insulation all around the outside of the house," said Clark. "Then efficient toilet and new furnace, LED light bulbs."

"We just want to make sure they're safe, make everything energy-efficient and help them save some money," said Matthew Humiston, a weatherization technician. "Completely weatherize it from top to bottom."

The work can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000 for each home.

On average, homeowners save 20 percent on their utility bill - it can even cut their bill in half.

"I love making a difference as far as the environment, and as far as saving utilities for people and truly having them have more money in their wallet to buy food and medicine and things they have been cutting back on to pay their utility bill," said Parker.

Now Clark can enjoy the hot days of summer knowing he won't have to splurge on his energy bill.

“It’s just wonderful," Clark added. "I feel really lucky."

The group serves about 1,500 homes a year. That's about 120 homes each month.

Since 2000, the Energy Resource Center says they have serviced 13,000 homes in 13 counties ranging from Alamosa to Denver.

Click here to see if you qualify for the program and to learn more about it.