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Save energy and build your business by using the tools and incentives available through One Business—Minnesota Power's commercial, industrial, and agricultural energy-conservation program.

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Minnesota Power provides One Business rebates to business customers who design energy-efficient technologies into new facilities or make process improvements that save energy and/or lower electric demand, such as the following:

  • Energy-efficient air conditioning
  • Energy management systems
  • Building envelope improvements
  • Refrigeration improvements
  • Process improvements
  • And more...
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Lighting controls
  • NEMA premium efficient motors
  • Variable speed drives
  • Energy recovery units
  • Variable air volume boxes
  • High volume/low speed fans
North Shore School Customer Profile Excerpt

To help you determine how to start saving energy and prioritize projects, select the category from the list below that most closely reflects your particular operation or business. Commercial buildings consist of a range of facility types from office space to retail outlets to restaurants. Each of these different types of facilities or businesses operate uniquely with respect to consumption of energy.

Select Type of Business

One of your largest uses of energy within a typical office building is Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning Equipment (HVAC).

Office usage chart

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment can account for anywhere from 40% to 70% of a typical office building's energy consumption. These systems range from a complicated variable air volume air handling system to a simplified rooftop unit.

Lighting is another large user of energy within office buildings. There are multiple options available in the marketplace to make the lighting in your facility more energy efficient.

Office and miscellaneous equipment make up the difference and don't impact as much of the overall energy saving picture. However, there are energy-saving options available, depending on your specific building, such as ENERGY STAR® appliances and best practices for operating equipment (simply turning off computers, copiers, printers at night) that you can employ to lower your energy consumption.

Minnesota Power provides One Business rebates to business customers who design energy-efficient technologies into new facilities or make process improvements that save energy and/or lower electric demand.

One of the largest uses for energy within a typical retail operation is lighting.
There are multiple options available in the marketplace to make the lighting in your facility more energy efficient.

 Retail Electric End-Use Breakdown

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment can consume anywhere from 20% to 50% of energy for a typical retail operation. These systems range from a split type air conditioning system to a rooftop unit.

Office and miscellaneous equipment make up the difference and don't impact as much of the overall energy saving picture. However, there are energy-saving options available, depending on your specific building, such as ENERGY ® appliances and best practices for operating equipment (simply turning off computers, copiers, printers at night) that you can employ to lower your energy consumption.

Minnesota Power provides One Business rebates to business customers who design energy-efficient technologies into new facilities or make process improvements that save energy and/or lower electric demand.

Refrigeration is the largest single user of energy in a typical convenience store. This equipment includes walk-in freezers and coolers, reach-in coolers and freezers, ice cream freezers, ice storage freezers, etc.

Convenience Electric End-Use Breakdown

Lighting is another large user of energy for convenience stores. There are multiple options available in the marketplace to make the lighting in your facility more energy efficient.

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment can consume anywhere from 20% to 40% of a typical convenience store's energy. A typical system for these facilities is a rooftop unit.

Appliances and miscellaneous equipment make up the difference and don't impact as much of the overall energy saving picture. However, there are energy-saving options available, depending on your specific convenience store operations, such as ENERGY ® appliances and best practices for operating equipment (simply turning off coffee makers/espresso machines at night) that can be employed to lower your energy consumption.

Minnesota Power provides One Business rebates to business customers who design energy-efficient technologies into new facilities or make process improvements that save energy and/or lower electric demand.

One of your largest uses of energy within a “typical” restaurant is Heating Ventilating and Air Conditioning Equipment (HVAC).

Restaurant Electric End-Use Breakdown

Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment can consume anywhere from 40% to 70% of a typical restaurant's energy. These systems range from a simplified rooftop unit to a variety of split system air conditioners.

Lighting is another large user of energy for a restaurant. There are multiple options available in the marketplace to make lighting more energy efficient at your facility.

Appliances, kitchen and miscellaneous equipment make up the difference and don't impact as much the overall energy saving picture. However, there are energy-saving options available, depending on your specific restaurant, that are still available such as ENERGY ® appliances and best practices for operating equipment (simply turning off the kitchen equipment at night) that can be employed to lower your energy consumption.

Minnesota Power provides One Business rebates to business customers who design energy-efficient technologies into new facilities or make process improvements that save energy and/or lower electric demand.

To learn how your facility can take advantage of incentives and services available through Minnesota Power's commercial energy efficiency and productivity program, call 218-355-2909 or toll-free at 800-228-4966.

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