Home Energy Rebates and Incentives

Denver Climate Action Rebates 

Making your home energy efficient can improve comfort and indoor air quality. It may also reduce energy bills. The city is incentivizing the deployment of efficient, all-electric energy equipment for Denver residents. These rebates are available to you as an up-front discount from your contractor on their project cost. Contractors must submit applications, not homeowners. Be sure to inquire with your installer about other rebates on the market from Xcel Energy and the Inflation Reduction Act.
 
All rebate categories are open as of January 9, 2023. All projects installed after January 1, 2023 are eligible to apply for a rebate. Pease review the list of eligible equipment below. Income-qualified residents are eligible for incentives of up to 100% of installed project costs after taking advantage of Xcel’s rebates. To qualify, apply through the Energy Resource Center.

 

See frequently asked questions and specific equipment details

Contractor and installer registration and rebate application

 

How to Apply

  1. Research and choose what equipment you want to install (see full list below). 
  2. Get quotes from approved contractors. Make sure to emphasize that you're interested in Denver's Climate Action, Xcel Energy's rebates, and rebates from the Inflation Reduction Act. 
  3. Take a look at our Registered Contractor List(PDF, 420KB). We recommend that you get at least three quotes from different contractors to compare.
  4. Choose a contractor and schedule an install. Rebates should be included in your quote/invoice as a credit or a discount.
  5. Your contractor will submit paperwork about the rebate on your behalf.

Resident Eligibility

Who's eligible for Denver's Climate Action Rebate program?

To utilize this program:

  • You must live in the City and County of Denver
  • You must apply the rebate to a project at an existing residence. New construction is not eligible
  • Project location must be in an existing single-family homes or multi-family building of 4 units or less
  • You must be Xcel Energy customer

How do I know if I'm income-qualified?

Large discounts are available for income-qualified households ONLY through Energy Resource Center* (720) 236-1321, info@erc-co.org. Energy Resource Center can submit applications for income-qualified residents, not regular contractors or individual residents.

To meet the “Income-Qualified” requirement, the applicant must meet one of the following:  

* The City and County of Denver and local law enforcement are receiving reports that individuals claiming to represent the Energy Resource Center are going through the neighborhood asking for information such as social security numbers and driver’s license numbers and promoting free services including a “water system,” weatherization, and solar. They are using Energy Resource Center application documents but are not affiliated in any way with the Energy Resource Center. 

We encourage the community to approach these solicitations with caution, read through all the details, and don’t share your personal information or sign anything until you are confident that it will benefit you and that it is a legitimate offer.  

Do

Do NOT

Do contact the Energy Resource Center directly at info@erc-co.org or (720) 236-1321 if you are interested in their services.

Do NOT provide personal or financial information to a caller or visitor that you don’t know.

Do ask questions of anyone calling you or coming to your door to confirm their identity.

Do NOT let a supposed Energy Resource Center employee into your home unless you have scheduled an appointment. Even if you have, check their ID first.

Do notify the Energy Resource Center if you’ve been approached by a door to door salesperson.

Do NOT click on links in emails or text messages unless you’re certain it’s from the real company or organization.

Do notify neighbors if there’s a suspected scammer making the rounds in the area.

Do NOT trust someone who says they are submitting an application on your behalf to the Energy Resource Center. A representative from the Energy Resource Center will contact you directly.

 

 

Eligible All-Electric Home Improvement Equipment

Income-qualified residents are eligible for incentives of up to 100% of installed project costs after taking advantage of Xcel’s rebates. To qualify, apply through the Energy Resource Center.

Eligible Equipment

Standard Rebate

Electric Vehicle charging home wiring

$1,000 

Air source heat pump

$1,500 for ‘High-Efficiency’ Air Source Heat Pumps 

$3,500 for ‘Cold Climate’ Air Source Heat Pumps 

Ground source heat pump

$3,500 

Mini-split heat pump

$1,500 for ‘High-Efficiency’ Mini-Split Heat Pumps 

$3,500 for ‘Cold Climate’ Mini-Split Heat Pumps 

Heat pump water heater

$1,000 for heat pump water heaters 

$1,750 for smart heat pump water heaters  

Solar

If you already have a heat pump installed in your home and you’re be ready for solar, you can work with a registered contractor from our list to reserve a solar rebate. You can receive a rebate of $4,000 for your solar project.

Battery storage

$500 (available to all residents)

$2750 (only available if you have a heat pump, heat pump water heater, or bidirectional EV charger installed) 

Electric service upgrade

$2000 

Electric service upgrades are only available when paired with one of the other rebates. 

Heat Pumps

Income-qualified residents may be eligible for incentives of up to 100% of installed project costs after taking advantage of Xcel’s rebates. To qualify, apply through the Energy Resource Center.

Heat Pumps 101

Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners for all climates. That’s right, heat pumps can heat AND cool. Like your refrigerator, heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat from a cool space to a warm space rather than generating heat. 

  • During the winter, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm home. 
  • During the summer, heat pumps move heat from your house into the outdoors.  

There are three main types of heat pumps: air source, ground source, and mini-split.  

  • Air source heat pumps transfer heat between your house and the outside air. This can reduce your electricity use for heating by approximately 50% if you use furnaces or baseboard heaters. 
  • Ground source heat pumps are more efficient and work better in cold climates. Ground source heat pumps transfer heat between your house and the ground, which often stays warmer than the air during very cold winters.
  • Regular heat pumps operate best when the temperature is about 25 degrees, and cold climate heat pumps can operate effectively at outdoor temperatures down to 5 degrees. Heat pumps can be paired with backup heating systems for colder days. That way, the vast majority of the year you’re taking advantage of the higher efficiencies and lower operating costs of heat pumps, but are still able to stay warm when it’s especially cold out. 
  • For homes without ducts, mini-split heat pumps can provide many of the same benefits as air-source heat pumps without the need for extensive home renovations.  

Heat Pump Water Heaters

Income-qualified residents may be eligible for incentives of up to 100% of installed project costs after taking advantage of Xcel’s rebates. To qualify, apply through the Energy Resource Center.

Heat pump water heaters use electricity to move heat from one place to another. Instead of generating heat, they pull heat from the surrounding air and transfer it to heat water. Benefits include: 

  • Two to three times+ more energy efficient than gas or electric resistance water heaters.
  • Lower operating costs than conventional electric resistance water heaters.
  • Year-round usage if installed in locations that remain between 40-90°F.   

Solar

If you already have a heat pump installed in your home and you’re be ready for solar, you can work with a registered contractor from our list to reserve a solar rebate through our Climate Action Rebate program. You can receive a rebate of $4,000 for your solar project. Additional funding is available if your household makes less than 80% of area median income.

Battery Storage

Battery storage pairs well with solar and can replace a backup gas generator, allowing you to keep essential devices operating during power outages.  

If you’re interested in installing a battery, the Climate Action Rebate program will provide $500. This rebate assists with the cost of hiring a licensed electrician and installing a new battery system. You are eligible for an increased rebate of $2,750 through the Climate Action Rebate program if you already have a heat pump, a heat pump water heater, or a bidirectional EV charger installed in your home.

You can work with any of our registered contractors to install this equipment.

Income-qualified residents may be eligible for incentives of up to 100% of installed project costs after taking advantage of Xcel’s rebates. To qualify, apply through the Energy Resource Center.

Electric Vehicle Charging Home Wiring

Charging an electric vehicle (EV) with a Level 1 charging cable can take a long time. EV owners interested in charging faster can consider installing a Level 2 charger at their home. The EV Charging Home Wiring Rebate provides up to $1,000 to assist with installing either an Energy Star Certified Level 2 EV Charger, a home Tesla charger, or a Ford Charge Station Pro.

You can work with any of our registered contractors to install this equipment. If you are interested in renting an EV charger from Xcel and using our rebate to cover installation and wiring costs, you can sign up to participate in Xcel’s EV Accelerate at Home program.

Income-qualified residents may be eligible for incentives of up to 100% of installed project costs after taking advantage of Xcel’s rebates. To qualify, apply through the Energy Resource Center.

V2B/Bidirectional Electric Vehicle Charging

Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular. Owners often want to take advantage of their large batteries and their ability to store electricity. Most EVs have their batteries charged and then use that power to drive around. Several “Vehicle 2 Home” or “bidirectional” chargers are coming onto the market in 2023, allowing fully-charged EVs to discharge their battery and return power to a home when needed. Bidirectional chargers open up the potential for: 

  • Plugged-in EVs provide power back to the electrical grid at peak times to help keep up with electrical demand. This avoids bringing extra fossil fuel generating stations online.
  • Extra power for the home during a power outage (helpful to keep a fridge or essential medical equipment running) 

If you’re interested in being a trailblazer, you can apply for up to $2,000 to cover installation costs. You can work with any of our registered contractors to install this equipment.

Income-qualified residents may be eligible for incentives of up to 100% of installed project costs after taking advantage of Xcel’s rebates. To qualify, apply through the Energy Resource Center.

Electric Service Upgrade

If you’re applying for a rebate, your home electrical panel may need an upgrade to support the extra electrical load. This add-on rebate helps cover the cost of an electrical upgrade, including a new panel, associated wiring, or a new circuit required to install new equipment.  

  • Up to $2,000 is available to applicants applying for another rebate through the Climate Action Rebate program.
  • You can work with any of our registered contractors to install this equipment.

Income-qualified residents may be eligible for incentives of up to 100% of installed project costs after taking advantage of Xcel’s rebates. To qualify, apply through the Energy Resource Center.

 

The program reserves the right to conduct field inspections to verify information about equipment installation. The program reserves the right to conduct field inspections before rebate payment to verify purchase and, where necessary, installation of eligible equipment. Inspections will be scheduled in advance with the rebate applicant and residential customer. 

Program performance is monitored on an ongoing basis, and rebate amounts and requirements may be adjusted as needed. Advance notice of any changes will be provided at least 60 days prior to any changes taking effect. 

For full Terms and Conditions and Program requirements see the program portal

Other Rebate, Financing, and Tax Credit Programs

Rebates

  • Xcel Energy
    • Check out a full list of residential rebates available through Xcel Energy
    • The Xcel Energy Store offers some instant rebates for select items
  • Home Energy Squad
    • $50 trip fee, includes full replacement of all incandescent bulbs with LED lights, weather-stripping, smart thermostat, faucet aerators. \
    • Schedule an appointment online or call 303-446-7910.
    • You may also submit your information, and Xcel will call you to schedule an appointment.
  • Full Home Energy Audit
    • Can be combined with a Home Energy Squad visit for a total cost of $150.
    • In addition to the services above, a home audit utilizes diagnostic tools to assess the home’s air leakage as well as infrared camera images to identify problem areas.
  • Saver Switch
    • Receive a $40 bill credit each year in October
    • On a few hot summer days a year, Xcel Energy may cycle your air conditioner off and on and will circulate the already-cooled air throughout your home.
    • Call Xcel at 800-895-4999 to enroll
  • AC Rewards Smart Thermostat Program
    • Receive a $25 bill credit each year and qualify for up to $125 in additional rebates
    • Adjustments are made to your smart thermostat during the hottest summer days to help Xcel Energy manage the electric grid.
    • Customers can have a smart thermostat installed by Xcel Energy at no cost.
    • Call 800-895-4999 to enroll.
  • Recycle Your Old Refrigerator or Freezer
    • Receive a $50 check by mail for each working fridge or freezer recycled
    • Plug in your fridge or freezer the night before the pickup date to show that it works when it is picked up the next day.
    • Call 866-552-8755 to make an appointment for your free refrigerator pickup or learn more online.

 

Financing

  • Colorado Weatherization Assistance Program
    • Receive FREE energy efficiency evaluations and upgrades
    • Households with an annual income up to $52,400 for a family of four and those that qualify for LEAP, SSI, SNAP, TANF, AND, or OAP, may qualify
    • Free energy services include insulation, HVAC upgrades, light bulb replacements, appliance replacements, and more.
    • Call 720-236-1321 or go to the website for more information.
  • Colorado Affordable Residential Energy Program (CARE)
    • Receive FREE energy efficiency evaluations and upgrades
    • Households with an annual income up to $80,0000 for a family of 4 (80% of the area median) may qualify
    • Free energy efficiency upgrades include energy audits, emergency repairs, and equipment replacement from Energy Outreach Colorado.
    • Call 303-226-5061 or go to the website for more information.
  • Colorado Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
    • Get help paying a portion of your winter home heating costs
    • Households with a monthly gross income up to $4,561 for a family of 4 (60% of the state median) may qualify for heating assistance this winter through LEAP.
    • Call 866-432-8435 for more information
  • RENU Loan
    • Colorado Energy Office statewide energy loan program.
    • This loan makes energy upgrades easy and affordable by offering low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. 

 

Tax Credits

Prioritizing Energy Improvements

Home Energy Audits

A home energy audit is a 2-3 hour diagnosis of your home performed by a certified and licensed auditor. The diagnostic tools used during an audit (blower door and infrared camera) are used to help diagnose a home when you can’t see issues with the naked eye. After the audit is complete, a report will identify opportunities to improve your home now, and into the future when it’s time to replace appliances such as your heating or cooling systems. 

Xcel Energy offers a few programs you may wish to take advantage of to assess your home:

  • Home Energy Squad - $50 trip fee, includes full replacement of all incandescent bulbs with LED lights, weather-stripping, smart thermostat, faucet aerators. Schedule an appointment online or call 303-446-7910. You may also submit your information, and Xcel will call you to schedule an appointment.
  • Full Home Energy Audit – Can be combined with a Home Energy Squad visit for a total cost of $150. In addition to the services above, a home audit utilizes diagnostic tools to assess the home’s air leakage as well as infrared camera images to identify problem areas.

 

Prioritize Upgrades

  1. Behavior Changes
  • Open/close blinds during hot or cold days
  • Install motion sensors/timers
  • Utilize power strips to turn off stand-by power

Instant rebates for select items like power strips available at the Xcel Energy Store.

2. DIY Changes

  • Insulate hot water pipes and older water heaters
  • Consider alternatives to window replacements such as storm window attachments or insulated blind attachments (Window Attachments Energy Rating Council)
  • Place a chimney balloon in your fireplace
  • Establish annual heating and cooling maintenance to extend the life of your systems
  • Weather-stripping and caulking around doors and windows     

The Home Energy Squad through Xcel Energy offers a quick install home visit for one fee of $50. Call 303-446-7910 to learn more or visit Xcel Energy's website. 

3. Low Cost Changes

  • Change out incandescent bulbs to LEDs
  • Insulate and air seal attic, crawlspace and walls where possible

4. Higher-Cost Changes

  • Upgrade heating/cooling systems
  • Upgrade appliances to Energy Star rated

Going Solar

  • Consider Rooftop or Community Solar – Taking steps to reduce your energy use before adding solar can save money on energy costs and may even mean fewer solar panels needed on your property.
  • Sign-Up for Windsource – A program through Xcel Energy that allows customers to purchase renewable energy

Reduce Your Household Gas Use

Learn how you can reduce gas use in your home from small appliances like stoves, fireplaces, and outdoor heaters.