The City of Maplewood launched the Building Tune Up program in the fall of 2015 to help interested businesses save money by saving energy. The Building Tune Up program is sponsored by the City of Maplewood, working together with Xcel Energy and the Partners in Energy program. Program funding is provided by a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the Great Plains Institute.
Ten Maplewood businesses/organizations actively engaged in the Building Tune Up program. Each had an Xcel Energy Turn Key energy audit to identify specific areas of improvement. An audit report was provided to each business outlining recommended energy improvements, estimated costs for the actions, rebates to offset costs, and estimated payback details. The MPCA and Great Plains Institute grant funding helped each business implement some of the recommended energy improvements listed in their reports.
The City will be tracking energy use of each business with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager program for three years after the energy upgrades are installed. The data will be compared to energy use of each business before improvements were made to determine the realized energy savings. Case studies will be developed to highlight each business’/organizations' efforts in energy efficiency so that business owners and building operators may learn through the successes of the Building Tune Up participants.
The information gained through the Building Tune Up program will also help shape the educational outreach efforts by the City as it begins to promote its new Maplewood Green Building program to advance sustainable building practices in the City. Follow this link to learn more about the Maplewood Green Building Code.