ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt

During an Energy Treasure Hunt, teams walk around a building looking for quick ways to save energy. Those quick fixes can add up to big savings. Hundreds of organizations have used Energy Treasure Hunts to reduce their facilities’ energy use by 7 to 15 percent. Are you and your crew ready to find the treasure buried within your buildings?

GET STARTED

Use the resources below to hit the ground running. 

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Treasure Hunts: A How-to Guide for Commercial Buildings

This 4-page guide walks you through the basics of planning and implementing a 1-2 day Treasure Hunt in any commercial building.

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Treasure Hunts: A How-to-Guide for Industrial Plants

This 31-page guide includes detailed instructions and examples for Treasure Hunts in industrial facilities. Appendices with detailed planning and preparation checklists are also included.

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Treasure Maps

Print out these checklists and take them along during your Treasure Hunt. Any building can use any version, although there are some building-specific items in each.

Offices
K-12 schools
Retail Stores
Hospitals
Labs
Worship Facilities

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Detail Sheet

This Excel worksheet helps you collect, detail, and quantify the energy-saving opportunities you discover on your Treasure Hunt. Use it to stay organized and summarize potential savings.

Tip: Energy savings calculators are frequently available from equipment manufacturers or can be found online.

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WHAT'S A TREASURE HUNT?

OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES

Case study: Treasure Hunt at a Staples Fulfillment Center (PDF, 123 KB)

Read about how Burton Energy Group helped Staples with a 3-day Treasure Hunt at their London, Ohio, fulfillment center.

Short presentation by Bruce Bremer, “The Father of Treasure Hunts” (PDF, 508 KB)

While at Toyota, Bruce Bremer first came up with the idea of Treasure Hunts. Browse through his slideshow to learn more about his guiding philosophy.

Training videos: Industrial Treasure Hunts

This series of four 8-minute training videos walk through the steps of the 31-page Industrial Treasure Hunt Guide

Building Upgrade Manual

This 250-page guide helps you plan and achieve profitable improvements to your building.

Industrial Energy Guides

Sector-specific guides covers proven technologies, strategies, and measures that have been implemented in manufacturing plants around the world.