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CO Cold Snap Brings Rush to Repair Home Heating Systems

 The frigid weather of recent weeks is putting a strain on inefficient or outdated heating systems. Image by: Jonathan Zander
The frigid weather of recent weeks is putting a strain on inefficient or outdated heating systems. Image by: Jonathan Zander
December 16, 2013

DENVER - Relatively warmer temperatures are forecast for some parts of Colorado this week, but the frigid weather of recent weeks is putting a strain on inefficient or outdated heating systems. According to Energy Outreach Colorado, calls to its Crisis Intervention Line are at an all-time high, with many people asking for help with furnace repairs.

Luke Ilderton, director of energy efficiency programs at EOC, said the early cold snap is making all Coloradans aware of the economic hardship thousands in the state face every winter.

"People's houses have been extremely cold, so they're kind of getting a sense of what it can be like to live with the fear of that, coming home one day and not having your heat being able to operate correctly, or having it shut off," Ilderton said.

Ilderton remarked that making sure a home is warm makes a huge difference to a family's quality of life, health, and peace of mind.

"We get client feedback letting us know how comforted and relieved they feel, being able to rely on their heating system, being able to come home from a long day's work and know that they're going to be in a warm, safe home," he said.

Last year, Energy Outreach Colorado helped more than 1500 families by repairing or replacing heating systems through its Crisis Intervention Program. Ilderton said the organization is accepting donations this winter, and that 96 percent of donation dollars go to its affordable energy programs. Families must meet certain income requirements to be eligible for the help.

To apply for help, call 855-469-4328. More information is online at EnergyOutreach.org.

Stephanie Carroll Carson, Public News Service - CO