We conducted an in-depth study of 100 high energy consumption homes in Minnesota. The goal was to help conservation program managers better understand the factors contributing to high usage, quantify the energy savings potential associated with common conservation measures, and identify program strategies that could be used to effectively target those opportunities.

Watch our three-part video series


  1. Scott Pigg: "Easy-to-obtain data provides valuable insights."
  2. Jeannette LeZaks: "Site visits reveal familiar attitudes and obstacles."
  3. Claire Cowan: "Slight program adjustments are the answer."

Funded by

Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources

This research was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources through the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program, which is funded by Minnesota ratepayers.

Check it out

Residential high energy users: causes and opportunities (webinar broadcast January 2015)

When above average is not good enough: results from a study of high-energy-using homes in Minnesota by Jeannette LeZaks and Ingo Bensch, Home Energy Magazine, Nov/Dec 2015