Energy Efficiency Resources​

Reduce Your Facilities' Energy Usage

An Energy Treasure Hunt is a collaborative quest where your employees uncover opportunities to save energy. Teams search a building for easy methods to save energy while on an Energy Treasure Hunt. The sum of those small savings can be substantial. Energy Treasure Hunts have helped hundreds of organizations cut their facility's energy consumption by up to 15%. Are you and your team prepared to unearth the hidden gem within your workplace?

For interactive ways to save on energy in your industrial or commercial building, click here to check out Energy Star Treasure Hunts. 

Home Energy Saving Tips

The resources below can help homeowners identify ways to reduce energy consumption. Reduced energy consumption means reduced air pollution from fossil fuel electricity production, which benefits everyone in our region!  Below are Home Energy Saving Tips, and Grants and Assistance Programs. 

Low or no cost actions

Low or no cost actions you can take to save energy (and money):

  • Turn heat/air conditioning OFF when you leave the house.

  • In winter, set your thermostat to 68°F or lower.

    • Wear layers or use blankets to warm up further.

  • In summer, set your thermostat to 79°F or higher.

    • Dress lightly to cool off easier.

  • Set your refrigerator to a moderate temperature, not to maximum cold.

  • Wash clothes using cold water only.

  • Unplug electronics and phone chargers (these use power even when OFF).

    • Smart power strips save energy automatically.

  • Replace your light bulbs with LED bulbs.

Higher cost actions

Higher cost actions you can take to save energy:

  • Install a programmable thermostat

  • Replace torn, cracked, or drafty weather stripping on exteriors doors

  • Insulate water pipes between the water heater and faucets

  • Replace an old water heater with a newer, Energy Star certified model

  • Replace an old heat pump or gas pack with a newer, Energy Star certified model (see Grants and Assistance Programs below for help with cost!)

  • Replace old windows with multi-layered, better insulated windows

  • Add insulation to uninsulated areas of your home (e.g. attic space, crawl space, walls around garage, etc.)

Grants and Assistance Programs