MN Energy Smart

Tools & Calculators

The Energy Use Toolbox gives you a rough estimate of cost savings you would see from an energy efficiency upgrade. For a more detailed analysis of your business’s current energy use and potential savings Energy Smart recommends performing an on-site energy audit.

Energy Analyzer

While any online analysis can only provide ballpark figures, this free energy analyzer from ENERGYguide can be an eye-opening first step in determining your current energy use. This is a self-guided tool for small- to mid-size businesses.

Energy Savings Manual

Use the ENERGY STAR Building Upgrade Manual as you look for ways to reduce your energy use and increase efficiency. This manual includes sections on project management, technical stages of an upgrade, unique facility strategies and references.

Energy Management Guidelines

The ENERGY STAR Energy Management Guidelines helps you design and track your energy management practices. These guidelines are based on the successful practices of ENERGY STAR partners.

Energy Calculators

Use these energy calculators to calculate your potential energy and cost savings.

  • Lighting:  
This lighting calculator from the Minnesota Power Company is designed for Minnesota Power customers using Minnesota Power rates. Please note that if you are not serviced by Minnesota Power Company, the numbers from this calculator will be rough estimates.
  • General Energy Cost-Savings Calculators – Heating, Cooling, Office Equipment, Food Service
: These calculators provided by the Federal Energy Management Program ask for very detailed information but offer useful information for wide range energy-saving equipment.
  • Dual Fuel: This dual fuel conversion calculator from Otter Tail Power Company is designed for Otter Tail Power customers using Otter Tail Power rates. Please note that if you are not serviced by Otter Tail Power Company, the numbers from this calculator will be rough estimates.

Other Resources

Quick-fix tips and Long-term energy efficiency solutions

These quick fix tips and long-term energy efficiency solutions from E Source provide easy low cost energy-saving solutions for the office building. If you would like to explore solutions for other building types or industries (i.e. retail or hospital), check out the E Source web page.

Useful Links

Minnesota Waste Wise
Minnesota Waste Wise delivers strategic environmental consulting that helps businesses save money through waste reduction, resource conservation and energy efficiency. Becoming a member of Minnesota Waste Wise can help your business save money while protecting the environment.

Minnesota Division of Energy Resources
The Minnesota Division of Energy Resources, housed within the Minnesota Department of Commerce, offers energy information and technical assistance.

Next Generation Act of 2007
Minnesota‘s Next Generation Energy Act of 2007 [ links to:] revised the CIP statute (Minnesota Statute 216B.241) to set an annual energy savings goal for each electric and gas utility beginning in 2010. The energy savings goal is equivalent to 1.5 percent of the utility’s annual retail energy sales inMinnesota, averaged over the most recent three-year period and weather-normalized.

ENERGY STAR, a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy, certifies the energy efficiency of a product or practice.

ENERGY STAR Fast Facts on Energy Use
This ENERGY STAR fast facts sheet [links to:] about energy use in commercial and industrial facilities in theUnited States includes global energy facts.

U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
The Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy site offers information about renewable energy options.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The Environmental Protection Agency includes information such as The National Action Plan for Energy Efficiency.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting economic prosperity, energy security, and environmental protection. See their recent study: Energy Efficiency Loan Financing Proving to be a Low Risk Investment with Large-Scale Potential.

Alliance to Save Energy
The Alliance to Save Energy promotes energy efficiency worldwide to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security.

Rocky Mountain Institute
Rocky Mountain Institute is a research institution that focuses on cutting-edge energy and environmental research.

Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the leading university-based research and education organization devoted to lighting – from technologies to applications and energy use, from design to health and vision. Their technology library offers information about lamps, ballasts, controls, and luminaries.