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Why Resource Efficiency?

Resource efficiency helps businesses function at peak performance by minimizing energy and water consumption, reducing pollution, and maximizing productivity. By becoming more energy efficient, commercial and institutional building owners can increase profits or margins, reduce operating expenses, and increase property asset value.

Technical Assistance

The Montana Resource Efficiency Program (MREP) offers practical efficiency information online, including this website dedicated to the energy-efficiency tools, case studies, and lessons learned. Online resources include energy-efficiency toolkits by building and equipment type, including: building envelope, lighting, motors, HVAC controls, manufacturing processes, and refrigeration.


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“An opportunity like this is too good to pass up; it’s found money.”
J.R. Richardson, Butte School District

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MREP can help you identify and implement energy-efficiency opportunities that will improve occupant comfort and light quality. MREP can also help you comply with environmental regulations. Potential facility improvements include:

  • Lighting
  • Building envelope
  • Heating, cooling, & ventilation
  • Motors
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Refrigeration
  • Irrigation
  • Pollution prevention

How it Works

A limited number of Montana businesses, non-profits, and government entities will be selected to receive no-cost energy audits based on their potential for energy savings. Contact the Montana Resource Efficiency Program to learn more about how our services can help you. Below are the types of facilities that we can serve:

  • Schools
  • Government
  • Manufacturing/Industrial
  • Offices
  • Brewery/Distillery
  • Retail/Convenience Stores
  • Outdoor Lighting
  • Lodging
  • Healthcare

Case Studies

There is nothing better than learning from experience. The Case Studies section of the MREP website is devoted to those Montana businesses that MREP has assisted.

Tool Kits

Sometimes the right tool can make all the difference.  We’ve developed a series of energy efficiency toolkits that describe energy efficiency measures and efficiency opportunities for different building types. Click on the conservation measure or the building type to go to the toolkit:

Energy Efficiency Measure

Building Type Toolkit (Under Construction)


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The Montana Resource Efficiency Program is a partnership of the Montana department of Environmental Quality and the National Center for Appropriate Technology, with funding from the U.S. EPA. Collaborators include the Small Business Environmental Assistance Program, Montana Pollution Prevention Program, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, and Uncommon Sense.

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