Businesses: Conserving Energy

Boost your bottom line with energy efficiency

Businesses large, small, and everywhere in between find that improving energy efficiency is an easy way to reduce overhead expenses and even improve productivity. Nonprofits can join in the savings too!

Here are some resources to help you get started going green, making your improvements affordable, and finding smart answers to your energy questions.

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  2. Dive deeper
  3. Make it affordable
  4. Go green with renewables

Free assessments

Here are some easy (and free!) ways to explore your business’s opportunities for efficiency.

One-stop efficiency shop

The One-Stop Efficiency Shop® is a full-service program available to Xcel Energy's Minnesota small business customers (those with a monthly electric demand of 400 kilowatts or less). One-Stop representatives can offer suggestions to improve lighting and HVAC systems, and they will walk with you through all the steps to savings — from the initial audit to submitting rebate paperwork.

One-Stop Efficiency Shop


Commercial refrigeration efficiency

Refrigeration systems can be a significant source of energy use in grocery, liquor, and convenience stores. Xcel Energy’s free, on-site refrigeration assessments offer a convenient way to determine how your business can reduce energy use and costs. Plus, you'll receive complimentary, energy-saving products that will be installed on the spot. Xcel Energy electric customers with a peak monthly demand of 400 kilowatts or less are eligible.

Commercial refrigeration assessment


Minnesota Energy Smart

An Energy Smart staff member will walk through your facility, look at energy-consuming equipment, and identify strategies to reduce energy usage. You receive a summary indicating top energy-saving opportunities, next steps, and a list of the financial incentives that may available. Energy conservation improvement options will be broken down by level of opportunity to provide a great sense of which opportunities are most promising.

Energy Smart on-site energy consultation


Multi-family building efficiency

Multi-family buildings have many opportunities for energy savings — from lighting to cooling and heating. You can begin saving by scheduling a free, whole-building energy audit to help you determine the best approach to energy savings and incentive potential. Multi-family properties that have common entrances and in-unit kitchens are eligible. Visit the web page for eligibility details.

Multi-family building efficiency


Advisors to guide you through the process

If you have any questions about where to start saving energy, check in with the business solutions center for support — it’s free to reach out!

Xcel Energy’s Business Solutions Center has a team of dedicated energy advisors to guide you on everything from improving equipment performance to filling out rebate forms — all designed to help you save time and money.

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