At the upcoming RFMA 2018 Restaurant Facility Management Association annual conference, 75F will share how restaurants can manage multiple locations with a single-pane-of-glass solution for HVAC, Refrigeration, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Pressure, Humidity, Lighting and Energy Management. In addition to the machine-learning capabilities automatically optimizing performance, a restaurant manager can view real-time temperature and energy status across sites, then drill down to specific stores, zones, equipment and sensor readings for analysis and remote diagnostics. And, they can push schedule changes and other updates across sites with a single click.
Restaurateurs and franchisees will most often think of energy-efficient lightbulbs and appliances to conserve energy and save on energy costs. While LED lighting and ENERGY STAR® appliances are fantastic, they may not offer the biggest bang for your bucks. The payback on many of these items is often well over five years.
Building pressure affects guest comfort, utility costs and equipment life. You likely have a pressurization problem in your restaurant if:
- You have experienced unwanted odors or smoke creeping from your kitchen into the dining area
- Your guests have found the doors to your restaurant difficult to open
- Doors don't seem to close all the way on their own
- Maintaining room temperatures in your building is difficult
While these may seem like minor issues, the costs of discomfort, energy loss and shorter equipment life add up.
You should love the temperature, lighting and air quality controls in your restaurant. Your building management system (BMS) should be proactive or at least responsive to changing weather conditions. But is it? Do you love it?
Tina Turner sings that "Love is but a sweet old fashioned notion. What's love got to do with it? Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?"
If your BMS and your employees are your heart, and "weather" stands in for "love," we assure you that weather has a heck of a lot to do with your restaurant's operational costs. The best BMS will set its tune to the weather, and you should be able to love it!
Relamping or an LED lighting retrofit of your restaurant or commercial building is a useful way to reduce overall energy consumption. It's likely that there are lighting efficiency rebates available through your utility, but the project financing will still require scrutiny.
Would you like to improve guest comfort while increasing employee retention and productivity? As a restaurateur or facility manager, energy savings might not be top-of-mind, but optimizing with an affordable, predictive smart building controls solution could significantly help your business in several other areas.