ecobee EMS: An Easy-to-Install, Even Easier-to-Manage, Cost-effective Energy Management System

On average, heating and cooling account for up to 63% of light-commercial building’s energy usage, making it the perfect target to reduce costs for any business. To do that, however, one needs a good EMS, energy management system. ecobee offers a perfect solution!

With ecobee EMS, you can monitor and control your commercial building’s HVAC system and automate ancillary devices—all at a fraction of the price of a Building Automation System.

ecobee EMS makes managing a number of thermostats, individually or as groups, across various locations with multiple users, all from a single web portal or smart phone app easy. It’s a best way to reduce costs related to heating and cooling these space, as well as the doing one’s part to reduce the environmental footprint that energy management solutions provide.

Consider this success story featuring 80 Texas Taco Bells who installed ecobee EMS to manage their HVAC:

Thinking Outside the Box

When Dwayne Kostiha, VP of Operational Services at Austaco Ltd, a franchisee of Taco Bell, started investigating ways he could more easily manage the energy consumption of his 80 Taco Bell restaurants across Central Texas, he felt a bit overwhelmed. It certainly wasn’t an easy feat.

That’s what Taco Bell does. And they do it deliciously well! The company is always finding smart ways to reduce their restaurant’s environmental footprint. When Dwayne Kostiha, VP of Operational Services at Austaco Ltd, a franchisee of Taco Bell, started investigating ways he could more easily manage the energy consumption of his 80 Taco Bell restaurants across Central Texas, he felt a bit overwhelmed. It certainly wasn’t an easy feat. Well aware that 40% of the energy consumption at his Taco Bell locations was directly related to his heating and cooling equipment, Dwayne was eager to identify a solution that would reduce his HVAC footprint, all while helping the company save on operation costs.

“A tremendous amount of profit has been lost over the years due to the mismanagement of the thermostats.” So, Dwayne installed ecobee Energy Management System (EMS) into his Taco Bell locations.

Significant energy and cost savings Dwayne now has visibility to all his thermostats and HVAC performance via his personalized web portal—from anywhere! And he can configure settings so that personnel can adjust the thermostat by no more than plus or minus three degrees. Having these parameters has resulted in huge energy and cost savings. For example, in Texas, raising the thermostat by 1 degree adds approximately 4% to your energy bill! One of Dwayne’s Taco Bell stores has demonstrated energy savings of 8-12% since the installation 10 months ago. It goes beyond just savings and comfort… For added control of his stores, Dwayne has installed Remote Sensor Modules in his walk-in fridges and freezers. Now whenever the temperature rises to a level where food will be spoiled, Dwayne receives automatic alerts via email. In fact, he’s already saved his food supply on two separate occasions! And he found the sweet spot! For each restaurant location, Dwayne says he has found the ‘sweet spot’. The sweet spot is the temperature that’s saving the most energy possible while ensuring his customers and employees are comfortable too. What’s next? In the next year, Dwayne plans to install ecobee thermostats in the remainder of his stores. And he’s really looking forward to his bragging rights at the next management meeting when his colleagues see how much he’s saved in energy costs.

“Many of the competitive products we examined just weren’t as intuitive as the ecobee EMS. . . the ecobee seemed to have it all—it was the perfect solution for our needs.” –Dwayne Kostiha, VP Operational Services

Do you have a light commercial project you want quoted? Jackson Systems offers the ecobee EMS solution in our product offering. For a quote, call us at 888-652-9663. For more information on ecobee EMS product, to watch a video and read installation instructions in consideration of your next energy management project, visit https://jacksonsystems.com/products/ecobee-programmable-3h2c-wifi-thermostat-energy-management-system.html

 

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