The $CORE program (Student and Community Outreach on Renter Efficiency) is coordinated through the CU Environmental Center and is funded fully by Xcel Energy, allowing the program to be completely free for CU students. The main goal of our program is to help student renters save money on their energy bills by providing them with the tools and information they need to do so. We do this by providing free energy assessments to student renters living in Boulder.

Each assessment, which takes around an hour and is scheduled at your convenience, will be performed by two, trained CU student technicians. In this hour we will install energy saving devices such as energy efficient CFL light bulbs, weather-stripping, sink aerators, window film, pipe insulation and low-flow showerheads - and all of that is installed completely free of charge. While one technician is busy doing quick installs, the other will sit down and discuss targeted ways you and your roommate(s) can save money on your energy bills.

If over half of your roommates are present, your house will be ordered a free Cosmo’s Pizza on us!

If you have any questions or comments please contact Susan Beckett, the Environmental Center’s Energy Program Manager at or 303-492-3229

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