Energy audits can identify ways to save energy and reduce operating costs. If you think you might be spending more on energy than you should, then it's time to consider a professional energy audit. Minnesota Energy Resources will even help you pay for an energy audit. Two types of audits are available.

Level I Audit

The Level I energy audit includes an overview of your business' annual energy consumption and a walk through to evaluate the performance of your existing facility. It includes an on-site inspection of your facility to identify specific issues and needs. You will be provided with:

  1. A description of the facility, including:
    • Brief description of what type of activity occurs in the facility.
    • Square footage.
    • Year built.
    • Building envelope and insulation.
    • HVAC system, domestic hot water, commercial cooking & age.
  2. A summary of your business' annual gas consumption by month.
  3. Operation and maintenance recommendations.
  4. A brief overview of equipment replacement and projected annual energy savings.
  5. Information on applicable Minnesota Energy Resources rebates.

Level II Audit

The Level II Audit is a more in-depth study which includes capital cost items such as boiler or burner replacements, energy management upgrades, etc. If applicable, this audit will work in cooperation with your electric utility.

The Level II audit provides a comprehensive report with detailed energy efficiency recommendations, and includes the following:

  1. On-site inspection of the facility to identify specific issues and needs, including:
    • Building envelope, windows/doors, sidewall and attic and including insulation levels.
    • Inspection of HVAC equipment and your current operation of this equipment.
    • Evaluation of HVAC system efficiency.
    • Operations and maintenance procedures.
  2. A description of the facility, including:
    • Description of what type of activity occurs in the facility.
    • Square footage.
    • Year built.
    • Building envelope and insulation.
    • HVAC system, domestic hot water, commercial cooking & age.
    • Major equipment list including hours of operation.
    • A summary of important findings along with any supporting data, measurements, drawings, etc.
  3. A summary of your business' annual gas consumption by month.
    • Gas usage pie chart with calculated annual heating costs for windows/doors, attic/roof, sidewalls, fresh air ventilation including domestic hot water, laundry, kitchen appliances and other major equipment.
  4. Operation and maintenance recommendations, including ways to:
    • Optimize equipment operation.
    • Update energy management protocol.
    • Improve maintenance practices and operational changes.
  5. Major equipment investment recommendations, including:
    • Replacement HVAC equipment size calculation bases upon heat loss and ventilation analysis.
    • Calculated annual energy savings based upon building science.
    • Economic analysis (payback, ROI, etc.).
  6. Identify applicable Minnesota Energy Resources Rebates available.
    • Customer assistance when evaluating contractor bids and completing rebate application forms.

To qualify for the audit rebate, standard commercial customers must receive a Minnesota Energy Resources Commercial or Industrial (C/I) program rebate for at least one audit-recommended energy efficiency upgrade. The audit application must be submitted and will be processed at the same time as the C/I equipment upgrade rebate application.

Non-profit, schools, or governmental customers are eligible to receive up to two (2) Level I audits. Additional rebates for Level I audits beyond the first two buildings and all Level II audits will be made once the customer implements a minimum of one of the recommendations in the audit that qualifies for a C/I program rebate.

Type of Audit Rebate Amount (Standard Commercial) Rebate Amount (Non-profit, School, or Government)
Level I 50% of audit cost up to $288 per building 100% of audit cost up to $575 per building
Level II 50% of audit cost up to $463 per building 100% of audit cost up to $925 per building

To qualify for the audit rebate, the audit cost must be paid in full to the auditing company. The participating commercial or industrial customer must install energy-efficient equipment or improvements that qualify for a Minnesota Energy Resources C/I program rebate. The audit rebate application must be submitted at the same time as a Minnesota Energy Resources equipment upgrade rebate application. A complete copy of the audit report and proof of payment for the audit must accompany the application.

You may have the audit performed by any qualified auditor of your choosing. Please be sure the auditor you select can meet the Criteria for Auditors and Energy Audits provided below.

Or you may sign up today to request an audit for your business using our certified energy auditor. The certified energy auditor will contact you in 1-5 business days to schedule an appointment.

To apply for an Energy-Saving Audit Rebate, download and fill out the Audit Rebate Application.

For additional questions on this program, please call us at 866-872-0052.

Please Note: Funding is limited and applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. This program ends December 15, or when funding runs out.

Criteria for Auditors and Energy Audits

Only audits completed by auditors meeting the following criteria will qualify for the audit rebate:

  • Energy audits may be offered by qualified individuals or firms.
  • Firms offering energy audits must provide documentation of the qualifications of the individual performing the audit.
  • All individuals who perform energy audits must be certified by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), or have a Professional Engineer's license in the state where energy auditing services are offered, or both. Minnesota Energy Resources may, at its sole discretion, consider alternative certifications. Auditors should also indicate any special training or qualifications related to energy efficiency.
  • Auditors must indicate any limitations or restrictions in their scope of services.
  • Auditors must disclose if they have any affiliations with equipment manufacturers, vendors, distributors, installation contractors, or energy services contractors (ESCOs).

Energy audits must include the following information in order to qualify for a rebate:

  • Name and address of the facility, natural gas utility account numbers, customer contact information, and the date of the audit.
  • Auditor's name, contact information and proof of certification as a Certified Energy Manager and/or Minnesota Professional Engineers license number. Other certifications may be included as applicable. Auditors must include a disclosure if they have any affiliations with equipment manufacturers, vendors, distributors, installation contractors, or energy services contractors (ESCOs).
  • A summary of the client's annual energy consumption by month.
  • A description of the facility, including square footage, building envelope, major energy consuming equipment, hours of operation, number of occupants, and a description of what is done in the facility.
  • A summary of important findings along with any supporting data, measurements, drawings, etc.
  • A list of recommendations for increasing energy efficiency which may include equipment replacement and upgrades, improved maintenance practices, operational changes, and waste minimization.
  • Estimated capital costs and annual energy savings for each recommended energy efficiency measure.