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?

What others have done

More than 35 organizations participated in last year’s Fill the Chest campaign. Here are their potential savings:

Commercial buildings

  • Parmenter Realty Partners with Servidyne (8 hunts), $229,838
  • Cambridge Health Alliance, $195,000
  • Wyndham Desert Blue, $44,500
  • The Catholic University of America, $36,200
  • Kilroy Realty Corporation, $20,300
  • WorldMark by Wyndham – The Vancouver, $15,860
  • City of Scappoose, Municipal wastewater treatment facility, $12,680
  • Bozzuto Management Company, $10,190
  • AMLI Residential, $7,880
  • Columbia Association, $2,400
  • Wyndham Destinations
  • Sherwood Cass R-VIII School District

Industrial sites

  • Allergan (2 hunts), 21%, 50%
  • Amcor (12 hunts)
  • Bimbo Bakeries USA, Inc. (12 hunts), 3.08%, 4.5%, 3%, 7.2%, 2.85%, 1.08%, 3.03%, 2.13%, 2.45%, 1%, 2.13%, 1.85%
  • The Boeing Company (4 hunts), 7.3%, 19.7%, 6.7%, 17.9%
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb, $130,480
  • CalPortland (2 hunts), 2%, 9%
  • Celanese Corporation (5 hunts), $34,000
  • CEMEX Inc. (4 hunts), 2.49%, 0.14%, 1%, 1%
  • Colgate-Palmolive (6 hunts), 9.6%, 3.4%, 6.8%, 3.5%, 16.1%, 5.5%
  • Eastman, 1%
  • Eli Lilly and Company (2 hunts), 5.1%, 4.1%
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (10 hunts), 6.63%, 15.91%, 33.67%, 10.14%, 6.31%, 4.88%, 18.1%, 14.04%, 17.24%, 7.15%
  • General Motors (16 hunts), 10%, 9%, 18%, 16%, 6%, 15%, 5%, 4%, 2%, 2%, 6%, 4%, 3%, 21%, 30%, 1.3%
  • Georgia-Pacific, 15%
  • HanesBrands, Inc (9 hunts), $800,000
  • Intertape Polymer Group, 1%
  • Johnson & Johnson – Ethicon (2 hunts), 23%, 16%
  • LeMaitre Vascular, Inc, 23%
  • Lockheed Martin (6 hunts), 12%, 5%, 17%, 3%, 19%, 5%
  • Marathon Petroleum Corporation, 12%
  • Nissan North America, 2.9%
  • Ozinga Concrete (13 hunts), 2.5%, 2.1%, 0.7%, 2.7%, 2.7%, 4%, 1.4%, 4.3%, 2.8%, 2.8%, 1.9%, 2.8%, 6.2%
  • Raytheon Company (4 hunts), 2.7%, 3%, 4.7%, 10%
  • Toyota Motor North America, Inc., 5%
  • TreeHouse Foods (24 hunts), 13%, 17%, 2%, 4%, 6%, 2%, 1%, 9%, 11%, 2%, 4%, 3%, 6%, 2%, 22%, 8%, 9%, 4%, 3%, 6%, 14%, 16%, 4%, 17%

Read more about them

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.

Video: Treasure Hunt at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center 

Two teams scoured St. Joseph Medical Center and discovered more than $200,000 in potential savings.

Video: Hunting for Energy Treasure at Honda 

This 5-part video series provides great detail on a treasure hunt conducted at Honda’s power equipment plant in North Carolina.

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.

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.