Our mission is to provide housing services that create stable, sustainable Western Colorado homes. This mission is supported by our strategic goal to embody sustainability leadership throughout our programs, and look for opportunities to promote and enhance broader and deeper sustainable efforts in the communities we serve.
In 2013, through a grant from Renewable Energy Trust and Xcel rebates, we installed a 29.645KW photovoltaric system on our office building. Ninety percent of our electical needs are met through this new system.
Housing Resources embraces sustainability and weaves it throughout its programs.
Our office building is the first existing building in Grand Junction to receive LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification.
Since 1989, 8,134 homes have been weatherized! An average of $400 in utility savings each year per client. 182 homes were weatherized in the 2017-2018 program year, saving families and individuals $85,600 in utility and energy costs in the past year in 12 counties of Western Colorado
Our low interest loans for income qualified homeowners provide a means for necessary repairs to maintain a healthy and safe living environment and simultaneously improve energy efficiency, reducing energy and water usage. Examples of improvements include:
Replacing inefficient mechanical systems with new, more efficient equipment
Replacing windows with high efficiency, low-e thermopane windows
Repairing and/or upgrading electrical and plumbing systems
USDA RD Self-Help Housing
Since 2008, 73 homes built in this program have met ENERGYSTAR®. The use of high performance windows, high efficiency boiler/DHW systems, ENERGYSTAR® rated appliances, 2X6 walls insulated with cellulose insulation, and air sealing practices have reduced energy usage by 50 percent compared to homes built prior to 2008. Grants from Home Depot Foundation and Energy Outreach Colorado have made many of these efficiency upgrades possible, sometimes at no cost to the homeowners.
Multifamily Affordable Rentals
We have incorporated sustainability standards into our Asset Management Plan. Our rental properties have been upgraded with energy efficient heating systems, water heaters, appliances, water saving devices, lighting, and low-E windows. We also encourage recycling and provide tenant education regarding sustainable living measures.