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Directory of Energy Professionals

4CORE partners and collaborates with organizations, businesses, utilities, and regional governments. We work with other  nonprofits to ensure that our programs and resources are used efficiently, multiplying our effectiveness and reaching as many people as possible in our five county region; Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan.  We have a robust directory of professionals and organizations that can help you to greater energy efficiency and resource conservation tools.

Preferred Contractor List

Energy Efficiency

To cut your energy use and save money, take these conservation steps:


Replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs can save you up to $45 in energy costs over the life of the LED.


    Appliances continue to draw power when they are switched off. These “phantom” loads occur in most appliances that use electricity, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Unplug the appliance or use a power strip to switch off  all power to appliances.


    Seal any air leaks. Caulk and weatherstrip doors,windows and seal any air leaks where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrates through exterior walls or floors.


    The average household spends nearly $2,000 a year on energy bills – nearly half on heating and cooling. Set your home heat to 68 °F to maximize savings.


    Set your water heater to 120°F and insulate your electric hot-water storage tank (follow manufacturers instructions) and insulate the first 6 feet of the hot and cold water pipes connected to the water heater.


Leaks and  dripping water wastes hundreds of gallons. Install low-flow aerators on your faucets and shower heads to save


Wash only full loads of dishes and clothes to conserve water and save energy and dollars.

  • AIR DRY:

It costs about $0.49 a load, on average,  to dry clothes in the U.S. at $0.12 per kilowatt hour. Save about $82.00 per year by choosing to air drying clothes

Programs to Help You Save

4CORE joins the Energy Smart Colorado team for Southwest Colorado . Energy Smart and 4CORE are providing residential energy efficiency services for families and homeowners throughout the region, including access to audits, information about upgrades, rebates, financing options, local contractors and more. Call 970-259-1916

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Low- Middle Income FREE Energy Assistance Programs

Call 4CORE to learn more about the CARE program- Colorado Affordable Residential Energy- for Income Qualified Residents. 

Colorado’s Affordable Residential Energy program (CARE) is committed to increasing comfort, creating a safer living environment, and lowering energy bills for income-qualified Coloradans. CARE leverages Energy Outreach Colorado (EOC) funding, utility rebates, and local resources to provide FREE energy efficiency services to participants.

Income qualifications for CARE

Qualifying participant(s) income must be at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI) in their respective county. 4CORE will provide you with income verification. To estimate the state-wide income level thresholds click HERE.

Other Income Qualification Programs

La Plata County LEAP (Low-Income Energy Assistance Program)

LEAP is designed to help eligible households pay part of their utility costs for their main heating source. Eligibility requirements include:  paying home heating costs to an energy provider, fuel dealer or as part of rent; applicant or a member of the household being a permanent legal resident of the United States and Colorado; and maximum family household gross income falling within specific guidelines.

Housing Resources Weatherization Services

If you currently receive financial assistance from any of the following programs you automatically qualify for weatherization services:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Aid to the Needy and Disabled (AND)
  • Old Age Pension (OAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Energy Star Rebate Program 

Reduce utility bills in LPEA territory by replacing old refrigerators or freezers with newer Energy Star models.

  • $30 for an ENERGY STAR Refrigerator/Freezer
  • $60 Recycle Refrigerator/Freezer
  • $20 for an ENERGY STAR Dishwashers
  • $30 for an ENERGY STAR Clothes washers

Loans & Support for Energy Efficiency

Renewable Energy

 Federal Tax Credit 

  • Residential Renewables: 30% of the cost of the system for qualifying renewables installed after 2008 (no maximum).
  • Corporate Tax Credit:30% for solar, fuel cells, small wind and 10% for geothermal, microturbines and CHP