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Xcel Energy (Electric) - Residential Energy Efficiency Rebate Programs   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/12/2015
Program Overview:
State: Colorado
Incentive Type: Utility Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Lighting, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Evaporative Coolers, Home Energy Audit
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Amount:A/C: up to $500
Ground Source Heat Pump: $300/ton
Evaporative Cooling: $100-$1,000
Water Heater: $70-$450
Attic/Wall Insulation, Air Sealing and Weatherstripping: 20% of cost
Discounted CFLs & LEDs at retailers
Home Energy Audit: $200
Maximum Incentive:A/C: $500
Ground Source Heat Pump: $1,500
Evaporative Cooling: $1,000
Insulation: $300
Equipment Requirements:Evaporative Cooling: Closed-loop ground source heat pumps, with a minimum 3.3 COP and 14.1 EER rating, that are currently listed on the ENERGY STAR website
A/C: Minimum efficiency of SEER 14 and maximum efficiency of EER 12 Water Heater: Must be listed on ENERGY STAR or AHRI website; Must be .67 EF (natural gas standard), .90 EF (natural gas tankless), or electric heat pump
Insulation, Air Sealing: See program website
Installation Requirements:Some technologies must be installed by an Xcel Energy registered contractor
Start Date:1/1/2011
Expiration Date:Varies
Web Site:

Xcel Energy residential customers in Colorado can qualify for cash incentives on a variety of energy efficient products and home improvements. Standard rebates are available for heat pumps, evaporative coolers, central A/C systems, ground source heat pumps, heat pump water heaters, and insulation that meet the program requirements. Rebate program expiration dates may vary depending on the technology. Consult the program website for more specific information on the rebate structure. Only equipment which meet minimum efficiency standards will be included in rebate program. Measures may require installation by pre-qualified contractors and are subject to Xcel Energy installation verification. 

Customers interested in comprehensive home energy efficiency improvements may alternatively receive rebates through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program.

  Xcel Energy Customer Contact Center
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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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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