The Balancing Act: How Retailers and Restaurants Can Achieve Comfort and Cost Savings

Keeping customers comfortable is of the utmost importance for retailers and restaurants. But with rising energy costs, businesses need solutions that help strike the ideal balance between comfort and savings. Connected facilities powered by the Internet of Things (IoT) provide the necessary insights to maintain optimal customer experiences while maximizing efficiency.

Reduce Wasted Energy Spending with Smart HVAC Management

Many retailers and restaurants waste money cooling or heating spaces even when unoccupied. Connected thermostats solve this issue by allowing remote temperature control based on schedules and occupancy sensors. Store managers can set automated schedules that align with operating hours and customer traffic patterns. 

In addition, by analyzing HVAC performance data over time, businesses can identify opportunities for further savings. You’ll know if setpoints can be adjusted slightly without impacting comfort. And by catching issues early, you avoid the high costs of emergency repairs. Connected HVAC paves the way for major energy savings without compromising customer experience.

Ensure Food Safety and Quality with Refrigeration Monitoring 

For grocery stores and restaurants, refrigeration is essential. Refrigerator failures lead to food spoilage and health code violations. Connected refrigeration monitoring provides real-time alerts when temperatures veer out of specified ranges. This helps you to address problems quickly before they affect food quality or safety. 

Refrigeration monitoring also provides temperature data records for compliance reporting needs, enabling analysis of the performance of units over time for better preventative maintenance. This keeps refrigeration equipment running optimally so you can deliver high-quality perishable items to customers.

Saved Money with Lighting Schedules

Creating comfortable environments goes beyond just HVAC. Connected facilities also integrate lighting automation. Smart lighting controls allow you to set schedules that turn lights on/off based on your hours of operation. Occupancy sensors also help reduce electricity usage in low-traffic stock rooms or other spaces.

Gain Visibility into Overall Energy Usage 

In addition to equipment-level insights, connected facilities provide visibility into a location’s overall energy consumption. The data enables you to quickly identify anomalies, like spikes in usage, that could signify emerging issues. You’ll also know if your efficiency measures are delivering expected savings and can use the information to prioritize upgrades with the best ROI.

Balance Satisfaction and Savings with Connected Facilities

Keeping customers comfortable and happy is essential, but this can’t come at the expense of wasted energy and money. With solutions like Open Kitchen and SiteSage, you have the visibility needed to strike the right balance. 

By leveraging data and insights, you can maintain optimal conditions during operating hours while maximizing efficiency during off-peak times. This allows you to deliver exceptional experiences customers will rave about while controlling your costs. 

Contact our team to learn more about how a connected facility can help your business save money and energy.

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