Being EnergySmart in Boulder County

Thu, 2015-06-04 09:57

Last Updated: 2017-04-20 02:47

For the last 5-10 years, utilities and municipalities have been working together to encourage energy efficiency in their communities. These programs often apply to homes and businesses and provide financial incentives to those eligible for upgrades and improvements. The program we’ll discuss today is the EnergySmart program in Boulder County, CO.

What is EnergySmart?

EnergySmart Rebate ProgramEnergySmart helps homes and businesses become more comfortable and energy efficient. The program supplies expert advisors to answer questions about energy use and to help prioritize energy efficiency projects. Qualified contractors can then perform the retrofit work and assist clients with taking advantage of appropriate incentives and energy efficiency rebates.

EnergySmart was initially funded by a $12.5 million, 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Program. That grant’s goal of improving at least 10,000 homes and 3,000 businesses by the end of 2013 were successfully achieved. Of the original grant funds, $7.1 million continues to be held in a loan-loss reserve supporting $35 million in financing for home and business energy improvements.

How to Get Involved


A number of opportunities exist for receiving financial relief related to energy efficiency upgrades. Some of the hottest deals that EnergySmart boasts is a home energy assessment for $185. Some home energy auditors charge as much as $800 for this service, but through EnergySmart, homeowners can seek the guidance of a qualified professional in diagnosing energy-related issues for a fraction of the regular retail price.

Energy Efficiency RebatesAfter learning about opportunities to save energy (and money), Boulder County residents may also be eligible for up to $350 on select improvements.

The deals are first-come, first-served, and homeowners must enroll with EnergySmart BEFORE starting any home energy efficiency upgrades.

Xcel Energy customers also have a slew of energy efficiency rebates available for a variety of upgrades. Click here to see what energy savings opportunities are available through Xcel Energy.

Finally, there is a limited time bonus for homes in Lafayette. The first 50 residents to call and complete an eligible home improvement upgrade will receive up to a $100 bonus rebate. The first 200 residents to sign up for a home energy assessment will receive either a free programmable thermostat or four extra LEDs for free.


Given all the exciting opportunities available in Boulder County, contractors in the area may be wondering how they can take advantage and gain new clients. This is a perfectly reasonable course of action. As homeowners become more aware of these energy efficiency rebates and incentives, they will be more likely to seek home energy assessments and to hire a qualified home energy auditor to perform the work.

Contractors looking to take part in the EnergySmart program must submit an application demonstrating their competency and commitment to energy efficiency. The application includes a long list of services that one feels proficient in providing. Those services address insulation, HVAC, and other needs.

Interestingly, to participate in the EnergySmart program, all companies must have at least one manager on staff with at least one year of experience holding one of the following:

BPI Certification

  • BPI Building Analyst
  • BPI Envelope
  • BPI Whole House Air Leakage Control

NATE Certification

  • NATE Air Conditioning
  • NATE Air Source Heat Pump
  • NATE Ground Source Heat Pump

NABCEP Solar Certification

For air sealing and insulation upgrades, contractors must also belong to the Xcel Energy Home Performance with Energy Star list.

To date, the EnergySmart program has served 3,305 businesses with $2,544,559 business rebates given. The program has served 12,506 homes with $1,459,221 home rebates given. The future looks bright for the EnergySmart program, so if you are a homeowner, business owner, or contractor in Boulder County, you should definitely research more about this program and make sure that you are qualified to participate!



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