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How many times have you personally turned the thermostat down because the dining room is too hot, the bar boiling, and the kitchen roasting? You can probably count on both hands how many times you have told your staff- this week- to pay attention to the lights, the heat, and the amount of water the restaurant is using.
I know first hand you can avoid paying the chicken man, you can stall the dairy guy, linen vendors are easy, SYSCO, US Foods, and Kraft will all play ball when it comes to a financial arrangement. But, don’t mess with the utility companies. Whether it’s Pacific Gas and Electric, your local water provider or the company that fills your oil tank they do not listen to stories filled with compassion and excuses. Their most effective collection method is to pull the plug on the electric meter and as the restaurant powers down, the lights go off, the air conditioner or furnace come to a halt you suddenly realize nobody listened to your message.
There may be light- no pun intended- at the end of the tunnel. The creators of EcoView boast an instant, no-hassle tool that helps restaurants control energy. That certainly is more reliable than trying to get the staff to keep an eye on the thermostat or the water. According to a spokesperson for Advanced Telemetry, the EcoView is the next generation of energy management systems. They claim that the unit takes the burden of smart energy control out of the owner’s hands.
After a simple installation, restaurant operators can see, track and control, in real-time, how their air conditioning and heating is being used. Restaurateurs can operate the simple-to-use system through a wireless touch pad or virtually anywhere via a web or PDA interface. EcoView commercial customers are provided with dedicated Account Managers operating from Advanced Telemetry’s own 24/7 network monitoring center, further aiding the restaurant operator’s energy saving efforts.
According to Gus Ezcurra, CEO of Advanced Telemetry, “Quick service restaurants who use EcoView are realizing, on average, at least a 12 percent decrease per month in energy consumption, without compromising quality temperature control. Over the period of a year, this change can add up to quite significant savings, and for owners of multiple establishments, the benefits are even greater.”
EcoView Account Managers take over the responsibility of temperature control and help EcoView customers to establish temperature set-points and climate control schedules.
This may be the time to approach your landlord and ask them to install the energy saving monitoring system. The system is quite reasonable if it does what it claims it can do.
According to Buck Smith, Director of Sales for Advanced Telemetry, customer results have been impressive. Mr. Smith references one customer, the owner of a 20 unit quick service restaurant franchise. “This owner averages savings of well over $100 per month per store. But even at $100 per month of savings, he would still be reducing his energy bill by $24,000 per year. The payback period on his investment was less than 6 months,” said Mr. Smith. “Another of our customers is currently seeing an average savings of $1,000 per month. The results are quite encouraging, particularly when restaurateurs are seeing rising costs for other necessities such as commodities and labor.”
When you take into consideration the sleepless nights that are spent worrying about whether the electric turn off police will be showing up in the morning, the unit could be worth every cent it costs.
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