Energy Assistance from LEAP

Stay warm this winter

LEAP, the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, is a federally funded program that helps qualifying households by paying a portion of their heating costs. Applications are accepted November 1 - April 30 each year. 

Get Help Paying Your Energy Bills

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 Online

Apply for LEAP Online through Colorado PEAK:

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By Mail

If you are unable to or prefer not to apply for LEAP online through PEAK, click on the links below to download paper applications in English and Spanish, as well as other important information to know.

Once you finish filling out your application, you can:

You can also call 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to request an application be mailed to you. 

 

What You Need To Know

How do I apply for LEAP?

here are a few ways to apply for LEAP:

1. Visit Colorado PEAK and apply online.

2. Download a copy of the application (see the links above) and:

  • Fax the completed application to 1-855-830-3483
  • Mail it to:
         LEAP
         P.O. Box 39200
         Colorado Springs, CO 80949
  • Email it to LEAPHELP@discovermygoodwill.org

Find the LEAP application, as well as frequently asked questions, and other needed information here.

What are the requirements to receive LEAP?

To receive help from LEAP, you must:

  • Be a US citizen or legal resident, or be part of a household with a legal resident
  • Pay heating costs to an energy company or as part of your rent
  • Meet the income guidelines for the season. Guidelines are subject to change each LEAP season; be sure to check the guidelines on November 1 of each year if you are a returning applicant

 

2020-2021 LEAP Income Limits

HOUSEHOLD SIZE

MAXIMUM GROSS MONTHLY INCOME

1 $2,619
2 $3,425
3 $4,231
4 $5,038
5 $5,844
6 $6,650
7 $6,801
8 $6,952
Each Additional Person $151

 

What should I do if I am experiencing a heat emergency?

If you are experiencing a heat emergency, we can help expedite your application. While our offices are offering services online and by phone only right now to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will have staff available to help you with your application.

Additionally, you can call Energy Outreach Colorado at 1-866-HEAT-HELP for more options. Find more information online here.

What can I do to help make sure my LEAP application is processed quickly?

Please make sure that you answer all questions on the application and provide all requested documentation/verification with your completed application. Make sure that you read, complete, sign and date where required.

Failure to provide a complete application and submit required verification will delay the processing timeframe.

Continue paying your heating bill, as LEAP assistance will not pay your entire bill!

What are some other ways I can save on my energy bill this winter?

Save money while staying warm and cozy during Colorado’s frosty winter months by practicing these cold-weather home energy tips from Energy Outreach Colorado.

  1. Keep the heat in and the cold out of your home by banishing drafty air leaks. Use caulk and foam sealant to close cracks and gaps around leaky door and window frames, as well as where plumbing, ducting and electrical wiring come through walls.

  2. Place a heavy-duty, clear plastic sheet inside window frames to add an extra layer of heat insulation.

  3. Open window coverings on west and south-facing windows during the day to take advantage of Colorado’s bright, sunny days to help heat your home.

  4. Is a sweater in order? For every one degree you lower your thermostat, you save about 2% on your heating bill. Keep your thermostat around 68 degrees (health permitting, of course). 

  5. Install a programmable thermostat to automatically lower the temperature several degrees while you’re asleep or away, and save up to 10% more in heating costs.

  6. To keep warm air from going up your chimney, check that the seal on the fireplace flue damper is tight and make sure it is closed unless a fire is burning.

  7. Heating water amounts to about 18% of your energy use, so turn down the temperature of your water heater to the warm setting (120 degrees) and wash clothes in cold water. 

  8. To use less electricity, set your refrigerator temperature between 37 and 40 degrees and your freezer at 0 degrees. Switch to LED light bulbs and unplug appliances and electronics when not in use.

  9. If you or someone you know needs help paying a home energy bill, call toll-free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) or go to EnergyOutreach.org for information.

  10. And, if you or someone you know is left out in the cold because your furnace doesn’t work and you can’t afford to fix it, call toll-free 1-855-469-4328 to contact Energy Outreach Colorado's Crisis Intervention Program.