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?

An Energy Treasure Hunt is a collaborative quest where your employees uncover opportunities to save energy. ENERGY STAR offers a wealth of resources to a successful voyage:


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 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 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.


Detail Sheet (Commercial | Industrial)
These Excel worksheets help you collect, detail, and quantify the energy-saving opportunities you discover on your Treasure Hunt. Tip: Energy savings calculators are often available online or from equipment manufacturers


Energy Treasure Hunts during COVID-19 Tip Sheet
Developed during the COVID-19 pandemic, this tip sheet draws on insights from companies that adapted their treasure hunt methods by incorporating more virtual and remote participation methods. 

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Video Collection
Watch these videos to see excerpts and learn tips from Treasure Hunts conducted in buildings and plants.

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Case Studies
Read about treasure hunts conducted in buildings and plants.

Treasure Chest

Found the Treasure? Now what?
Take the next steps to ensure savings will be realized!                                                                     


Guides and Treasure Maps in Spanish

Guides and treasure maps are now available in Spanish. Use these resources to guide your team through planning and implementing an Energy Treasure Hunt in your facility.

Guías y mapas del tesoro en español

Las guías y los mapas del tesoro ya están disponibles en español. Utilice estos recursos para guiar a su equipo en la planificación e implementación de una búsqueda del tesoro de la energía en sus instalaciones.

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