ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt

During an Energy Treasure Hunt, teams walk around a facility 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 up to 15 percent. Are you and your crew ready to find the treasure buried within your facilities?


Use the resources below to hit the ground running. 


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.


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.


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.

Convenience stores
Hotels, motels, and inns
K-12 schools
Manufacturing plants
Multifamily housing
Ready-mixed concrete plants
Restaurants and commercial kitchens
Retail stores, wholesale clubs, and supercenters
Student housing
Supermarkets and grocery stores
Vehicle dealerships
Worship facilities
All other commercial buildings


Detail Sheet (Commercial | Industrial)

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 often available online or from equipment manufacturers.


Building Upgrade Manual

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

K-12 Energy Efficiency Student Toolkit

This 20-page guidebook is designed for K-12 students who want to jump-start or enhance their school’s energy management program. Students will learn how to:

  • Benchmark and understand their school's energy use
  • Conduct an Energy Efficiency Treasure hunt to pinpoint opportunities for improvement
  • Encourage their school community to adopt energy-efficient habits
  • Measure cost reductions and finance energy-efficiency upgrades
  • Spread the word about their efforts

Small Business & Congregation Action Workbooks

Available in English and Spanish, these workbooks for small businesses and congregations are intended to serve as a resource and planning guide by providing step-by-step guidance on ways to increase energy efficiency in facilities through realistic and cost-effective energy improvement projects.

Industrial Energy Guides

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



Recorded Webinar: Discovering Energy Savings with Treasure Hunts

Listen to this webinar to hear from two ENERGY STAR partners -- Atrium Health and Bimbo Bakeries -- that have used Treasure Hunts as a way to improve day-to-day operations and engage building operators and employees in “discovering” treasure in their facilities, plus get an overview of resources available from EPA to help your organization plan and host a successful Treasure Hunt in time for Energy Awareness Month this October.

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.