Single-Family Home and Rental Property Owners#
Fort Collins Utilities' award-winning Epic Loans help property owners invest in energy efficiency and solar projects through an easy, streamlined “assessment-to-upgrade” process. This includes attractive loan terms and low-interest rates.
Epic Loans are repaid on the owner’s monthly Fort Collins Utilities service bill.
For more details, review the Epic Loan Program Guidelines.
- No money down.
- Borrow up to $50,000.
- Attractive interest rates.
- Simple application, easy to qualify.
- Loans available up to 100% of the qualifying project cost.
- Conveniently repay the loan on your monthly utility bill.
- Easy, streamlined process for rental properties.
Interest rates are defined in the Epic Loan Product Guidelines as referenced in the Financial Officer’s Rules and Regulations, which adhere to the legal parameters and objectives established in the Fort Collins Municipal Code Section 26-720.
The interest rates in the Epic Loan Product Guideline are offered in a three-tier structure based on loan term, as noted below. These interest rates are effective May 1, 2020. As needed, but no less frequently than on a semi-annual basis, the program manager and accounting director will review the interest rates and make a recommendation to the financial officer whether one or more rates should be modified. Should a revision in the rates be determined necessary, this webpage will be revised.
3- and 5-year terms: 2.95% interest
7- and 10-year terms: 3.15% interest
15-year terms: 3.25% interest
- Residential single-family homes, including duplexes and attached townhomes in Fort Collins (rental properties are eligible; condo units in multistory buildings are not).
- Must be current Utilities electric customer to apply for energy efficiency and/or solar loans.
- Rental properties must have one metered service in the landlord's name for an Epic Loan (example: water or electric service).
- Furnace, air conditioner, heat pump, whole house fan and water heater
- Insulation and air sealing
- Residential solar PV and battery systems.
All projects must qualify for a rebate and be approved by reviewers at Fort Collins Utilities. The project measures that qualify for a loan are listed as rebates on the Efficiency Works Homes website and the Residential Solar Rebates website.
- Sign up for an Epic Homes assessment* through Efficiency Works Homes online or by calling 877-981-1888.
- Select a contractor – must use an Efficiency Works Homes participating contractor for energy efficiency projects, and a Residential Solar program participating contractor for solar projects.
- Complete loan application with Impact Development Fund online at impactdf.org/rehab or call 970-494-2021 ($25 application fee).
- Complete project(s) following loan approval.
- Schedule loan closing – funds will be wired to your contractor. You can also request a repayment of funds you paid your contractor upfront as part of your loan.
- Loan payments will be set up on your monthly utility bill.
- Note: loans and repayments are not available for past projects.
*Epic Homes assessment not required for solar, heating- or cooling-only projects.