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The Denver Energy Challenge helps residents make home energy upgrades easy and affordable. Free, neutral Energy Advisors work with Denver residents to identify energy goals, develop a tailored Energy Action Report for each home, provide guidance on rebates, tax credits and low-interest financing, review bids, select a contractor and act as an expert resource until the work is complete.

Participants in The Denver Energy Challenge are saving an average of 23% by doing upgrades. 

To date over 9,760 residents are saving money and energy because of the Denver Energy Challenge.

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The City and County of Denver was originally a sub-recipient of a $25 million grant, managed by Boulder County, for seed funding from the Department of Energy's BetterBuildings Neighborhood Program in 2011. This funding was derived from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The Denver Energy Challenge was designed to stimulate local economic growth, increase energy efficiency investment in Colorado, and advance the state's energy independence through large-scale energy upgrades. 

Getting started is simple. You drive the process and timing, we provide expertise and support.

  1. CONTACT US - Call 720.865.5520, Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or contact us online. We’ll set you up with your own Energy Advisor. Please ensure you are a resident of the City & County of Denver using the Denver Address Locator.
  2. GET AN ENERGY ACTION REPORT - Your Advisor will contact you to schedule an appointment (home visit, phone, Skype or Facetime) where you can discuss your current energy use and identify means for improvement. Your Advisor will then give you a tailored Energy Action Report to achieve your goals and get you from start to finish. 
  3. TAKE ACTION - After you review your Action Report, Energy Advisors can help you decide what projects to implement to make the greatest impact for the cost. Your Advisor will support you in applying for all applicable rebates/credits/loans, connect you with vetted contractors if necessary, and help you to review bids to ensure the process is easy and affordable.
Watch this video to see how the process works:

When you sign up for the Denver Energy Challenge you will be assigned one of our Advisors. They provide free, non-regulatory advising to help you to identify means for making your home more comfortable, affordable and efficient.

Here’s what an energy advisor can do for you:

  • Answer any questions you have about energy savings
  • Meet in person or over the phone to identify energy saving measures
  • Draft a free, tailored Energy Action Report for your home
  • Review a previous energy audit or help schedule one. (Note: An energy audit is a separate, more detailed report performed by a contractor to determine specific areas of heat loss. Your energy advisor can consult as to whether you might want to take this additional step to meet your goals.)
  • Prioritize energy upgrades based on your goals and budget
  • Locate rebates, financing and help you apply
  • Provide a list of pre-screened Contractors
  • Compare and review contractor bids
  • Serve as a sounding board throughout the upgrade process

Picture of Reid BeauchampReid Beauchamp
B.B.A Energy Management (Focus in Sustainability), University of Oklahoma
Contact Reid: 303-446-7898

After growing up in Austin, Texas, Reid moved to Oklahoma for his undergraduate degree. There, he found his passion, studying everything energy: ranging from sustainable energy systems to energy law and security. During his time at the University, he worked for the Dean of Students, and gained experience working for a green building and renewable energy company out of Austin. After college, he decided to continue his passion in shaping energy use, and made Boulder his home. He enjoys learning, traveling, running, live music, anything soccer, and being outdoors.


Robert Wallace
B.A. English Literature, University of Colorado Boulder
M.A.S Environmental Policy and Management (Focus in Energy and Sustainability) University of Denver
LEED Accredited Professional Credential in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP, BD+C)
Contact Robert: 303-446-7906

Robert moved to New Orleans in 2010 after finishing his undergraduate degree to work in the city’s green building sector that emerged post-Katrina and during the Deepwater Horizon Spill.  While in New Orleans, he spent a year working for a sustainability consulting firm and took his first step toward LEED AP in 2010 by earning LEED Green Associate.

Robert moved back to CO in 2011 to start his graduate degree program at the University of Denver. While enrolled in the DU master’s program, he interned at the Colorado Energy Office, served as Interim Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Arvada, and interned for a sustainability consulting firm (YR&G).  His graduate school thesis was titled “Revising Denver’s Building Codes: A Best Case System to Fight Climate Change” which used cost-benefit analyses to explore the feasibility and legality of incorporating aspects of LEED, Green Globes, and the Living Building Challenge into Denver’s building codes.


Your advisor has information on all of the latest rebates and tax credits to bring down the cost of home energy projects.

Residential Rebates

Xcel Energy is the administrator of rebates for Denver Residents. We recommend checking with your energy advisor to see which rebates are available through Xcel Energy for the upgrades you choose to do.

Residential Tax Credits

View the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency to see if there are available tax credits for Colorado.

Low Cost Measures

There are a lot of simple, non-invasive upgrades that will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Your Energy Advisor can help you identify these in your Action Report. 

If you need to replace your water heater, appliances, windows, or make other larger scale energy-improvements, the Denver Energy Challenge offers low-interest energy loans to residents starting at 2.75% thanks to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The application process is easy and your Advisor can help. The steps to getting an energy loan:

  1. Get pre-approved - Apply for an energy loan online or over the phone in 10-15 minutes. A loan officer will then contact you with more information. A property appraisal is not required.
  2. Work with your energy advisor to determine the loan-eligible scope.   
  3. Start work! Loans are based on contractor quotes and payment is made jointly to the borrower and contractor, ensuring the work can begin before payment.You cannot fund projects already started by a Contractor.    

Measures that qualify:

  • Insulation and Air Sealing
  • EnergyStar® Appliances
  • Geothermal*
  • Space Heating and Cooling
  • Water Heating
  • Windows, Doors and Skylights
  • Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic*
  • Solar Gardens*
  • Solar Hot Water

*These eligible measures must be pre-approved.  

Full List of  Home Energy Loan Eligible Measures

Call your advisor to get started: 720-865-5520

The Denver Energy Challenge maintains a partnership program with contractors who wish to obtain mentoring and quality assurance checks to improve the quality of their work. You may elect to use one of these contractors, or any Xcel trade ally. Here’s an overview of what the process normally looks like:

  1. You and your Energy Advisor complete an Energy Action Report for your home.
  2. Either you or your Energy Advisor contacts one of the contractors to set up an appointment based on the measure(s) you want to do at home. You are not required to use these contractors.
  3. Contractor uses the energy action report (or audit if you obtained one) to provide you with a proposal for the work you’d like to have done.
  4. You and your Energy Advisor come up with a strategy and priority list for the work you’d like to have done.
  5. Contractor gets to work making your home more energy efficient.

The following is a list of contractors participating in the partnership program. The City does not endorsone company over the other. You may choose to work with any company you choose.

Solar Contractors

The City does not maintain a list of Solar Contractors, but we recommend choosing a solar contractor who is NABCEP certified. You can also check with COSEIA at

Additional Information

Why make energy efficiency improvements in your MFU?

  • Improved efficiency can lower energy bills and reduce operating costs
  • Low-interest Energy Loans, utility rebates, and tax credits make the financial investment appealing
  • Immediate energy savings can lead to high ROI
  • Easy measures can make a big difference: tenant behavior change, energy saving light bulbs, and high efficiency water fixtures can produce large savings
  • Improvements often result in lower tenant turnover, increased property value, and higher quality tenants
  • Improvements can coincide with regular maintenance for minimal disruption to you and tenants
  • You can advertise your building’s green features to increase desirability among tenants

What can we do for you?

  • Work together with you and your property manager to identify and prioritize energy and water improvements, based upon your goals and resources
  • Demonstrate the value of energy efficiency improvements
  • Customize an Energy Action Plan for your property
  • Provide a list of pre-screened Contractors
  • Compare and review bids
  • Locate applicable rebate, incentives and assist with applications
  • Access our low-interest Energy Loan
  • Provide support for tenant behavior change to reduce energy use in units
  • Answer any questions you have about energy improvements and savings

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  • What does Free Energy Advising mean?

Energy advisors are a free, neutral resource provided by the City. They are available to assist you at any point when making your energy improvements.

  • Does my advisor also perform a home audit?

No. Your Advisor will provide you with an Energy Action Report but you may choose to get an energy audit in addition.  An energy audit is a more comprehensive 3-4 hour test of your home that is performed by a certified energy auditor. It will identify specific areas of heat gain or loss, air penetration and ductwork leaks that can define the scope of work for a contractor. Home audits currently cost $185 or more. Click here to see how your advisor can assist you throughout the process. 

  • How do I know if my home is located in the City and County of Denver?

Having “Denver” in an address does not guarantee that your home is within City/County limits, use the Denver Address Locator to verify that you are within the City/County boundary.

  • Why is my advisor from another company?

In order to provide advising to all of our Denver residents the City & County of Denver has put in place a contract to provide phone and in-person advising to our participants. Advisors are not employed through the City but represent the City when providing services to you through the Denver Energy Challenge. Advisors work for CleaResult.

  • My home is historic, how can you help me?

Not only are your advisors knowledgeable about all types of upgrades, but all upgrades to historic homes can be reviewed so that the upgrades you implement do not affect the historical character of your home. This review ensures the longevity of the property and the comfort of the homeowner.

  • Does the program help income qualified, low-income or elderly?

The Denver Energy Challenge does not provide any free energy improvement services however there are many organizations in the Denver area that do provide free services. Visit Denver's Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Supprt website for more information. 

  • Are there any free weatherization services available in Denver?

Visit Denver's Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Supprt website for more information.

  • Are renters eligible to participate?

Yes. If you rent a home you are eligible to participate though please note that some energy upgrades may require property owner approval. Your advisor will work with you to determine what measures are applicable to your home and advise on how to get property owner approval. If you are a renter and qualify for any existing income qualified resources your advisor will be sure to connect you with those resources as well. 

  • Will there be any impact on my home’s safety?What about CFLs, Carbon Monoxide, Radon and air quality?

Denver Energy Challenge Advisors strive to make your home more efficient, comfortable and safe. Please see our full safety guide for details.

  • Are there similar programs outside of Denver City & County?

If you live in Boulder County, Contact EnergySmart, which offers similar services. If you are an Xcel Energy customer contact their Solutions Center for energy advising.

DEC and EnergySmart in Boulder County are pleased to offer the Residential Contractor Partnership Program. We are dedicated to a renewed focus on workforce development as we continue to evolve our energy efficiency programs to better serve our communities.

Mandatory Minimum Qualifications for Partners

  • License and Certification requirements appropriate for the communities served
  • Must have a BPI Manager with minimum 1 year experience
  • Must be an Xcel Home Performance with Energy Star Contractor
  • Personnel performing required CAZ testing must Score 80% or better on level 2 of the Interplay CAZ Simulation (licenses to use the simulation are subsidized by the programs)
  • Must present Secretary of State Certificate of Good Standing
  • Have not been removed from any government, local, utility or other Energy Efficiency program. (If contractor has been removed, they must provide documentation of the grounds for removal and adequate evidence of remedying those reasons)
  • DEC/ES Homeowner Rating of no less than 8
  • Admission Interview passing score of 85 Points
  • Maintain a DEC/ES past QC performance minimum average score of 70 once admitted into the program

Please fill out the application found at link below.  

For questions, please contact the Manager of Contractor Services listed on the application or call 720-865-5520.

Contractor Partnership Program Application

How To Partner With Us

Contractor Operations Guide