REPS Program

Renters around the country are faced with a catch-22 when it comes to energy efficiency in their homes. They do not own the building, so they can’t perform energy efficiency upgrades. On the other hand, the owners do not pay energy bills, and will never see the cost-savings benefits of efficiency upgrades. Because of this, rentals often remain energy inefficient. 

The Renter Efficiency Program for Students (REPS) offers free energy efficiency upgrades to students who rent houses or apartments off-campus. Two trained student auditors will come to your home and look for opportunities for you to change your behavior and reduce your energy needs. They will install a series of reversible energy upgrades to your home, such as LED light bulbs, weatherstripping, low-flow showerheads and pipe insulation, all for free. Participants receive a free Illegal Pete’s burrito just as a show of thanks from our team. 

COVID19 UPDATE

In order to protect the health and safety of our staff and peers, REPS will NOT be conducting any home audits during the Fall Quarter. However, we will have do-it-yourself kits available that will provide you with directions for conducting your own home self-audit, energy efficiency upgrades for your home, and a small token of our appreciation for continuing to support REPS. Please email REPS@du.edu to request a self-audit kit and look out for more updates and information on the Center for Sustainability weekly newsletter and social media channels.

How to Sign Up for a REPS Audit

  1. Make Sure You’re Eligible. The Renter Efficiency Program for Students (REPS) is a free energy audit service for DU students who live off campus in rental units. We can audit both standalone homes and apartment units, but will not audit a home that you own or which is occupied mostly by non-DU students.

  2. Tell Us You Want Your Free Audit. Leave your name and email address with our Center for Sustainability Energy Team during an event, or reach out to us at REPS@du.edu and let us know that you would be interested in scheduling an audit.

  3. Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself. We will follow up with a short pre-survey about your house, how many people live there, your scheduling availability and, most importantly, your Illegal Pete’s burrito order! The sooner you are able to finish this step for us, the sooner we are able to get you on the calendar for your audit.

  4. Schedule Your Audit. Ideally, we’d love to come over during a time when all of your housemates are present. Every person who is present during the audit gets a burrito from Illegal Pete’s along with lots of helpful tips and information about reducing your energy use and utility bills. We will work with you to find a time that is best for you, your housemates and our auditors, ideally within two weeks of sending you the pre-audit survey.

  5. Get Ready for Your Audit. Put your audit time on your calendar and remind your housemates to be available during the scheduled time, as well. Remember that audits can take up to three hours depending on the size of the house, so please be prepared to be home and attentive during this chunk of time. The more questions you ask your auditors, the more help they can offer. Also, remember that you are having people over to your house, so a quick clean-up of your space isn’t a bad idea, either.

  6. Learn All the Things. Hang out with our awesome auditors for a few hours and enjoy your free energy-saving tips, upgrades and burrito. The more engaged you and your housemates are during the visit, the more valuable it will be; we want to help you save energy and reduce your bills.

  7. Stay in Touch. After your visit, our auditors will follow up with some additional information and a feedback survey. Please take some time to fill it out and let us know how we can make the program even better. Refer REPS to your friends so they can get all the good stuff, too.

Questions? Feel free to reach out any time at REPS@du.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How long does an assessment take?

    Assessment visits can take between one and two hours, depending on the size of your home. If you have lots of questions or if there are lots of improvements to do in your home, it will take a bit longer.

  • Do my roommates need to be home?

    Our goal is to educate as many people as possible, and creating an energy-efficient home is a group effort. We would love it if all of your roommates were home when we come. They’ll get free burritos, too!

  • What will I have to do during the assessment?

    Our auditors will want to talk to you about the different ways you can save energy in your home. This means walking through the house with them and letting them show you different tips and tricks. If you are feeling super helpful, you can help us install the energy improvements, as well!

  • What kinds of upgrades will you do in my house?

    It depends on what your individual house’s needs are, but you are likely to receive energy-efficient lightbulbs, weatherstripping, faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads and/or pipe insulation. All of these things are non-permanent, so you can take them with you when you move.

  • How do I sign up?

    Send an email to REPS@du.edu to tell us that you’re interested in having an assessment. We will send you a pre-visit survey that will include vital information we need about your home, preferred dates and times for your visit and, most importantly, your Illegal Pete’s order.

  • My landlord doesn’t care about energy efficiency. What should I do?

    After your visit, we will send along a list of recommendations for your landlord or property manager. You are welcome to pass this information along to them so that they can understand the benefits of making their properties energy efficient. However, all of the improvements we will do in your home are non-permanent, so you can restore your apartment to its original state when you move out.

  • Is the burrito really free?

    Totally, 100 percent free. FREE!