Homes in Denver come in a variety of shapes and sizes. More importantly, how we use energy at home varies when we take into account a home’s age and structure, the number of people living in the home, and the change in season throughout the year. Making your home energy efficient can improve comfort and indoor air quality while reducing your energy bills. It can also help the City meet its climate goals while protecting public health.
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:
1) Behavior Changes
2) DIY Measures
3) Low-Cost Changes
4) Higher-Cost Changes
1. Guide for Securing a Group Discount (pdf) - A helpful tool for neighborhoods/groups interested in facilitating a group discount for specific home energy efficiency measures like insulation, furnace, evaporative coolers, solar, etc.
2. Sustainable Neighborhoods Program – Is your neighborhood involved? - This program supports Denver neighborhoods in deepening their sustainability efforts while getting support and recognition from the City.
Rebates through Xcel Energy
This loan makes energy upgrades easy and affordable by offering low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements.
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 or learn more.
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 or learn more.
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.
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.
Households with an annual income up to $80,0000 for a family of 4 (80% of the area median) may qualify for free energy efficiency upgrades such as energy audits, emergency repairs, and equipment replacement from Energy Outreach Colorado.
Call 303-226-5061 for more information.
Households with an annual income up to $52,400 for a family of 4 (200% of federal poverty guidelines) and those that qualify for LEAP, SSI, SNAP, TANF, AND, or OAP, may qualify for free energy services such as insulation, HVAC upgrades, light bulb replacements, appliance replacements, and more.
Call 720-236-1321 for more information.