Energy-saving audits

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.

Type of audit Rebate amount
ASHRAE Level 2 audit 50% of audit cost, up to $750

Rebate requirements:

  • The audit must comply with the standards of the ASHRAE Level 2 energy survey and analysis.
  • To qualify for the audit rebate, the audit cost must be paid in full to the auditing company.
  • Participating commercial or industrial customers must receive a Minnesota Energy Resources C/I rebate for at least one audit-recommended energy efficiency improvement to be rebated for the audit.
  • The audit rebate application must be submitted and will be processed at the same time as the C/I rebate application.
  • Nonprofit, schools, or governmental customers are eligible to receive one audit rebate without making an audit-recommended energy-efficiency improvement that receives a rebate.
  • 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.

Funding is limited and can change or end at any time. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The program application must be received within 60 days of the installation of the audit-recommended energy efficiency improvement.

For additional questions, please call us at 866-872-0052, option 2.

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 a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA), or be licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) in Minnesota. 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 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 CEM/CEA and/or a Minnesota PE 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.