Save Money and Breathe Easier – Xcel Rebates for Radon Mitigation

Radon, an invisible radioactive gas, is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. It seeps undetected into our Fort Collins homes through cracks and openings in the foundation. Here it accumulates, emitting cancer-causing radiation with every breath. The only way to protect your family from radon’s deadly effects is to install a mitigation system. While these systems are effective, the high cost is prohibitive for many homeowners. Fortunately, Xcel Energy offers radon mitigation fan rebates to reduce costs and improve home health.

The Health Risks of Radon Exposure

Odorless, tasteless radon gas forms naturally from the decay of uranium in soil and rock. It enters homes through small cracks and gaps in basement foundations and concrete floors where it becomes trapped. Radon accumulates in indoor air and decays further, releasing radioactive particles that lodge in the lungs when inhaled. These particles emit radiation that causes lung tissue cell mutations over time, leading to cancer.

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S. after smoking. The EPA estimates over 20,000 lung cancer deaths annually are caused by radon. It’s the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. The EPA and Colorado set recommended action levels at 4 pCi/L (picocuries per liter) where mitigation should be implemented. The only way to detect radon is through certified home testing.

Installing a Radon Mitigation System

If testing reveals dangerous radon levels in your home, the next vital step is to install an active radon mitigation system. This involves running PVC vent pipes from beneath the foundation up through the house and out the roof. A powerful radon fan connected to the pipes creates a vacuum to draw radon from below the home and vent it to the outdoors before it can enter living spaces. Sealing foundation cracks is also critical. A proper mitigation system can reduce indoor radon levels by up to 99%. This significantly decreases the risk of lung cancer for your family.

Making Mitigation Affordable with Rebates

While radon mitigation is straightforward in concept, the costs involved often deter homeowners from taking action. Professional installation of an active system averages between $1200 – $2500 depending on home size and foundation design. The radon mitigation fan itself ranges from $350 – $750. These expensive upfront costs put critical home health protection out of reach for many Fort Collins families.

Xcel Offers Up to $200 Rebates on Radon Fans

Understanding this financial barrier, Xcel Energy now offers Fort Collins homeowners rebates up to $200 on the radon mitigation system fan expenses. This rebate lowers the mitigation costs by hundreds of dollars, providing real relief and saving lives. Xcel customers can apply for the rebate after installing a new qualifying radon fan and system in their home. The rebate amount depends on which ENERGY STAR certified fan is purchased and installed according to program guidelines.

Every dollar counts when it comes to costly home repairs and improvements. This generous rebate helps offset the fan expense which is a primary component of the radon mitigation system. By reducing the overall mitigation costs, more Fort Collins homeowners can now upgrade their homes with active radon reduction systems, improving indoor air quality and reducing lung cancer risks.

Contact Xcel Energy for More Information

Don’t let radon risks go unaddressed due to financial barriers. Xcel’s radon mitigation fan rebate increases accessibility to these critical health-protecting home upgrades. Contact Xcel Energy today to learn more about the rebate qualifications, requirements, and application process. Let’s work together to detect radon risks early, mitigate them effectively, and create healthier indoor living environments for all Fort Collins families.

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