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Colorado State Programs

Federal Programs

Mortgage Programs

Regional Housing Alliance of La Plata County
Homebuyer Education and Mortgage Assistance and more.

Low Cost Financing for Energy Saving Home Improvements

Homebuyers and owners can obtain a substantially reduced mortgage interest rate on the purchase or refinance of a Colorado home when certain energy efficiency or renewable energy systems are included in the construction or renovation of the home. Insulation, air sealing, windows, doors, upgraded furnace, hot water heater, or boiler, solar panels, or efficient lighting improvements are possible.

Introduction to the Colorado ENERGY STAR ® and Energy Saving Mortgage Programs

Reduced interest rate for home buyers that invest in an ENERGY STAR rated home or  choose to renovate an existing home for energy efficiency.
 
Residential Resources

4CORE is dedicated to helping renters and homeowners use energy effectively and efficiently in their homes. To that end we offer a number of services including:


Tax Incentives & Rebate Programs

Federal Tax Credit 

  • Energy Efficiency: Up to $500 for qualifying efficiency upgrades.
  • Renewables: 30% of the cost of the system for qualifying renewables installed after 2008 (no maximum).

Utility Rebates

Energy Star Rebate Program

Reduce utility bills in LPEA territory by replacing old refrigerators or freezers with newer Energy Star models. Old appliances can consume 2 - 4 times more energy annually than a new model. How Much?
  • $40 for Purchasing an ENERGY STAR Refrigerator/Freezer
  • $40 for Dishwashers
  • $40 for Clothes washers
How to Get the Energy Star Rebate:
  1. Verify that a specific model qualifies by visiting www.energystar.gov and review the complete list.
  2. Visit the LPEA site and submit the application
  3. Submit the application within 180 days of purchase, along with an original, dated proof-of-purchase invoice or receipt by mail or in person:
La Plata Electric Association
45 Stewart Street, Durango
603 S. 8th Street, Pagosa Springs

Where do I get an Energy Star Appliance?

ENERGY STAR appliance rebates are offered through area vendors as well as through manufacturers. For more information, go to the Energy Star Web site and enter your zip code and any appliances you are interested to obtain a rebate for.

What do I do with my old Refrigerator? Get another rebate!
  • $25 for Recycling a Refrigerator/Freezer
  • Recycle Rebates are available year round

An Investment that Pays for Itself
The HomeRx provides a streamlined process for homeowners to save money on utility bills and improve home health. This is done by assessing your home, linking you with financing and incentives, making energy efficiency improvements, and having work inspected and approved by a 4CORE inspector. 

You spend much of your time in your home, so why not make it efficient, safe, and comfortable, while also saving money on utility bills?  Learn more here

Community Resources for Housing & Home Repairs

Community Resources List

* If your organization provides housing assistance or home repair programs and you would like to be added to this list please email: info@fourcore.org
Solarize Our Community

100 Solar PV Systems Committed!

As of June 23, 2014: We've confirmed 100 clients committed to installing solar photovoltaic systems through the program. Participants have confirmed their commitment to install solar by signing contracts with local contractors. 

A total of 387 people signed up for Solarize La Plata, and five solar contractors have distributed 219 solar system proposals. Fifty-one systems have been installed, with the goal of having all systems installed by the end of summer.

The group also set a goal of 325 kilowatts (kW) of newly installed system capacity, which has already been met and exceeded. The 99 systems represent a total of 538 kW that will now be provided by solar, a clean, renewable source of energy. This translates to 584 metric tons of carbon pollution prevented each year, or the equivalent of 123 cars removed from the road for one year. In addition, 8 jobs have already been created by the demand for these 99 new solar PV systems, which is generating over $2,000,000 for our local economy in only six months.

Find more information here


Healthy Homes, Healthy Families - free workshops!

Improving the Air Quality and Safety of your Home:
A Healthy Home is designed, built and maintained to support our health and basic needs and protect us from illness and injury.

 Healthy Home Principles:
  • Keep it Dry
  • Keep it Clean
  • Keep it Well-Ventilated 
  • Keep it Pest-Free
  • Keep it Well-Maintained
  • Keep it Free from Contaminants 

Radon Mitigation

"Radon Mitigation for New Homes" webcast for builders & building departments
August 5th, 2014
12:45 - 2pm
Pine River Valley Bank in Durango
Register here

Final Event

Community Celebration of Healthy Homes & Radon Awareness in La Plata County
Tuesday, August 19th
11 am - 1:30pm
La Plata County Fairgrounds, La Plata room upstairs
Lunch provided.
RSVP here