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Xcel Energy - Residential ENERGY STAR Rebate Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 11/05/2012
Program Overview:
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Water Heaters, Lighting, Furnaces , Boilers, Programmable Thermostats, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Evaporative Coolers, Heat Pump Water Heaters, Energy Audits, LED Lighting
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Construction
Amount:Air Sealing & Weatherstripping: $160
Attic Insulation & Bypass Sealing: $350
High Efficiency Lighting: $40
Wall Insulation: $800
Set Back Thermostat: $25
Furnaces: $170 - $200
Boiler: $160
Electric Heat Pump: $550
Ground Source Heat Pump: $300/ton
Central AC: $300 - $550
Evaporative Cooling (Replacement/First Install): $125 - $625
Evaporative Cooling (Whole House): $1000
Tankless Water Heater: $200
Power Vented Water Heater: $100
ENERGY STAR Refrigerator: $15
ENERGY STAR Dishwasher: $15
ENERGY STAR Clothes Washer: $70
Maximum Incentive:Ground Source Heat Pump: $1500
Equipment Requirements:Attic Insulation must be R-19 and increase by R-25
Air Sealing/Weatherstripping: 15% air leakage reduction
CFLs, install 20
Wall Insulation must be above grade and wall cavity 90% void
Tankless Water Heater: 0.82 EF
Water Heater: Above 0.67 EF or 0.80 EF depending on rebate
Furnace 92%+ AFUE depending on rebate
Boiler: 85% EF
A/C: 14.5+ SEER depending on rebate
Funding Source:Home Performance with ENERGY STAR
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Xcel provides new ENERGY STAR Home owners with cash rebates to residential builders and customers who receive electric and service from the utility. Homes purchasing natural gas from Xcel Energy can also receive free HERS Rating, Energy Star and Tax Credit Verification, and Onsite Consulting through this program. To participate, the homeowner must first have a qualifying energy audit performed on their home through Xcel Energy. The audit includes a blower door test to establish natural air changes in the home and determine eligibly for the air sealing rebate.

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program pays incentives for existing homes receiving gas and electric service from Xcel to take a whole-house approach to energy savings. Qualifying customers must complete three required improvements (airsealing/insulation/CFLs) and select at least two optional improvements. Customers must complete all improvements before they are eligible to receive rebates. After a Home Energy Audit, participating contractors install the customer's recommended improvements to be inspected by "Lightly Treading," which will collect receipts and submit rebate paperwork. Customers are not eligible to receive rebates from Home Performance with ENERGY STAR as well as other Xcel Energy programs for the same improvement.

More program details and requirements are available on the Company’s web site.

  Xcel Energy Rebate Operations
Xcel Energy
Residential Programs
P.O. Box 829
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0829
Phone: (800) 895-4999
Phone 2: (651) 994-1234
Web Site:
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