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Energy Efficiency Resources for Denver Residents

Homes in Denver come in a variety of shapes and sizes. More importantly, how we use energy at home varies throughout the year due to the change of season, number of residents or how much we pay for energy. Making your home energy efficient can improve comfort while reducing your energy bills. It can also help the City meet its climate goals while protecting public health.

Unsure where to begin? Consider an energy audit to assess your home’s energy use before beginning projects. 

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. 

Prioritize Upgrades

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: www.XcelEnergyStore.com

DIY Measures

  • 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 www.XcelEnergy.com

Low-Cost Changes

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

Higher-Cost Changes

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

Additional Options

Be sure that your contractor is licensed to work within the City & County of Denver and pulling appropriate permits for your projects.

Licensed Contractor Search

Xcel Energy Contractors – click here

Why Permits Matter 

Rebates through Xcel Energy

Financing

  • RENU Loan – Colorado Energy Office statewide energy loan program click here

This loan makes energy upgrades easy and affordable by offering low-cost, long-term financing for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. 

Tax Credits

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency click here

1. Neighborhood Roadmap – Securing a Group Discount click here.

A helpful tool for neighborhoods/groups interested in facilitating a group discount for a specific home energy efficiency measures like insulation, furnace, evaporative coolers, solar etc.

2. Sustainable Neighborhoods Program – Is your neighborhood involved? check here

This program supports Denver neighborhoods in deepening their sustainability efforts, while getting support and recognition from the City.

For information about these resources please email HomeEnergy@denvergov.org.

Home Energy Score Pilot for Denver Sellers, Buyers and New Homeowners

The Home Energy Score pilot has ended. At this time all time slots for the month of December are filled and we can no longer schedule appointments. If you wish to be added to a waitlist should we have cancellations for December, please email HomeEnergy@denvergov.org.

From May 2018 through December 2019 Denver ran a pilot that explored whether sharing Home Energy Scores would drive awareness and energy savings for prospective home buyers, sellers and those who have recently purchased. A full report of our findings will be available to the public in December. If you would like to receive notification about the report, please email HomeEnergy@denvergov.org

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

  • Home Energy Squad - $50 trip fee, whices 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.

 

 

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