The City of Maplewood, in partnership with the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and Xcel Energy, offered a program to help businesses measure and manage their energy use. Benchmark Your Business was a free program available to all Maplewood businesses, large and small. Businesses that participated received:
Free on-site energy assessments and energy benchmarking
Assistance identifying energy saving projects eligible for rebates and financing
Incentives to reduce the cost of Energy Star certification for buildings who have a qualifying Energy Star score
Benchmark Your Business is an outreach opportunity for the Minnesota Energy Star Challenge. The challenge is supported by a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and in-kind contributions from several utilities. The goal of the Minnesota Energy Star Challenge is to work toward increasing Energy Star Certified buildings in the state to 1,000 and encourage participants to achieve 20% energy savings over 10 years. According to Energy Star data, buildings that benchmarked for three years saw an average energy savings of 7%.