Energy Assistance Programs

Heat Wave Help: Summer Energy Assistance

Denver Human Services - Summer Energy Assistance - Heat Wave Help. Receive $300 towards your Xcel Bill (for qualified Denver County Residents)

Get up to $300 to help pay your Xcel Energy bill, or your home HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) repair. Applications are open July 15 - September 30, 2022.

Qualifying for Summer Energy Assistance

  • You must be a current Denver County resident and reside at the home in which you are asking for energy assistance. If you are not a current Denver County resident, please visit or to learn about available assistance in your county.
  • Income limits apply. Please review the income table below to make sure you qualify.

Summer Energy Assistance Program Income Limits

You must have a household income below the 60% average median income (AMI) to qualify. Before applying, please review the 60% AMI table to make sure you qualify.

Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)

Household Size*

Maximum Income Level (Per Year)

















*For households with more than eight people, add $1,910 per additional person.

Assistance will only be granted if funds are available. It is the sole discretion of Denver Human Services whether assistance will be granted, and the amount of the assistance. The Denver Human Services decision is not appealable. Applications are accepted by referral, or you can complete the application below.

Applying for Summer Energy Assistance

Apply Online

You can apply for Summer Energy Assistance online using our OpenForms application:

Apply for Summer Energy Assistance

Apply by Mail

Step One: Apply online or download the application:

English(PDF, 125KB) / Spanish(PDF, 121KB) / Vietnamese(PDF, 187KB)

Step Two: Complete the application. Be sure to attach any required documentation:

  • Income verification (last 30 days of paycheck stubs, SSA/SSI/SSDI award letters, or other income verification)

And one of the following, depending on your request:

  • Xcel Energy bill (if applying for Summer Energy Assistance)
  • Two (2) HVAC repair estimates (if requesting a Home HVAC Repair)

We cannot process applications without necessary documents.

Step Three: Mail the application and required documentation to Denver Human Services:

Denver Human Services
Attn: Economic Resilience - Summer Energy Assistance
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204



Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)

The LEAP program is no longer accepting applications for the 2021-22 winter season.

The Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible hard-working Colorado families, seniors, and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs.

The LEAP program works to keep our communities warm during the winter (November through April) by providing assistance with heating costs, equipment repair, and/or replacement of inoperable heating tools. While the program is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, it can help alleviate some of the burdens that come with Colorado's colder months.

Apply for LEAP on Colorado PEAK

Need Emergency Energy Assistance?

Our Emergency Assistance may be able to help with Xcel bills. Fill out our form and one of our team members will be in contact with you:

Apply for Xcel Assistance

Emergency assistance is available to qualifying Denver residents only. Emergency assistance services include evictions, rental, and mortgage assistance, first month's rent and deposit assistance, and help with some energy bills.