Insulate your attic:
save on your Xcel bill,
save the planet!
As of december 1 through the end of march 2015, the xcel attic insulation rebate has been bumped up to 30%/$500 max(!!), and thus now is a much better looking proposition than it had been. here's the kicker, though: there is required pre- & post-work blower door testing, as well as a carbon monoxide safety test (aka a "CAZ test") that our certified energy auditor must come out to perform. these things have added cost to our bids and they do not go quickly, but unfortunately, they are not optional items, because xcel will only offer the rebate contingent on seeing a 10% drop in the overall leakiness of your home... and not getting that drop means no money back.
to be clear: if your home does not have a lot of openings&chases&stuff for us to seal up in the attic to begin with, then a chance exists that a 10% drop in overall leakiness may not be achieved and while you will get the comfort of having the above-mentioned CO safety testing completed, you'll get nothing back from them. most rebates just require a simple purchase, but this one is contingent and while we seal up everything we find that is open to your attic from below, we cannot and do not guarantee that it will add up to a 10% drop. once we are done with the work, full payment of the invoice is due and then the included post-work testing will determine if you get the rebate money back or not. while we are proud to say that almost all of our customers end up qualifying, before we head down this path i want to make sure you understand that despite our best efforts, you may not.
as a business owner who gets along great with my customers, i despise the contingent aspect of it-i want everything black or white-but in this case (other than fudging the blower door numbers or trying to tack the rebate $$onto the bid and then simply giving it back at the end, every time) there is no way to keep prices reasonable and stay honest and guarantee it for every home.
by all means, let me know if you have questions, and remember that the most important thing is getting your attic insulated, rebate or not!