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Now Is the Winter of Your Discontent, This Glorious Summer in the Office Thermostat War

By Michael Moriarity on Jul 25, 2017 11:02:36 AM

It never seems to end, does it? Half the year, the outdoor temperature is as pleasant as a frozen tundra (speaking for us Northerners). The other half of the year, we must defend ourselves from the onslaught of air conditioning so heavy we get goose bumps sitting at our desks or dining in public. How embarrassing! How revolting.

What's worse is that half the office (ahem, men) usually prefers the Arctic air stream all summer. However, at 6'0" and 150 lbs., I am often on the side of goose bumps. Now that the dog days of summer are upon us, we're fighting back!

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Why Your Energy Management System Isn't Working

By Michael Moriarity on Jul 20, 2017 5:29:00 PM

When was the last time you performed a diagnostic check on your Energy Management System (EMS)? Have the complaints about heating, cooling or ventilation increased? Are they manageable? Can you see HVAC and lighting schedules and usage on one user-friendly dashboard?

Many buildings use EMS technology created in the 1990s or early 2000s. This limits building management and automation capabilities, exposes your business to avoidable cyber security risks, and frustrates building occupants. You don't have to deal with lackluster EMS performance when cost-effective, smarter solutions are available.

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7 Reasons Why You Still Have Hot or Cold Spots at Your Restaurants

By Michael Moriarity on Jul 19, 2017 11:25:36 AM

Imagine a restaurant entryway that's hotter than the warm air outside. Then, when you get seated, you're wishing you had brought a jacket! It doesn't make for a pleasant dining experience, especially if you were hoping for a nice, cold drink or two.

If you're a restaurateur, potential revenue is walking right out your door, or maybe not even entering your restaurant because of the temperature imbalances.

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Interview with Jay Schrankler: 75F Investor & Previous President of Environmental Controls at Honeywell

By Kristen Johnson on Jul 13, 2017 10:28:59 AM

Veteran Honeywell engineer, Jay Schrankler, who once ran Honeywell's heating and cooling controls business, was one of our first investors in 2014. Jay now runs the University of Minnesota technology commercialization office. Read more in the Star Tribune article, Business heats up for Burnsville-based building control firm 75F.

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Heating and Cooling Costs in Commercial Buildings

By Michael Moriarity on Jul 12, 2017 9:31:44 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that about 40% of energy costs for the average commercial building are spent on heating, cooling and ventilation. This equates to about 7.5% of total costs for the average office building, since 19% of total costs are energy costs.

In 2012, a DOE study found that U.S. commercial building owners could save an average of 38% on heating and cooling costs if they install an energy efficient HVAC control system. The range of cost savings (22% to 56%) determined by the study depends on building size, building use, regional climate and local utility costs.

Imagine if you were the building owner or operator who helped your tenants save between 30% and 50% on their energy bills each month by making an energy efficiency HVAC investment, which typically earns a three-year back or less.

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How Much Are Temperature Imbalances Costing Your Restaurants?

By Michael Moriarity on Jul 3, 2017 9:26:48 AM

Temperature imbalances are a big piece to the puzzle of optimizing the energy efficiency and comfort of your restaurant. Saving energy, and thus utility costs, might not be your top priority, but temperature imbalances in your restaurant also impact worker productivity, guest comfort and employee turnover rates.

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