American West Restaurant Group to save $2mn with IoT energy solution
American West Restaurant Group is implementing a new strategy that uses the Internet of Things (IoT) for energy management.
The QSR company is set to save $2mn on energy use over five years as a result of the technology transformation.
AWRG is the third largest Pizza Hut franchisee in the US, and the largest in California and Utah, while its other brands also include Muscle Maker Grill, Fresca’s Mexican Grill and Jojo’s Pizza Kitchen.
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AWRG partnered with EcoEnergy Insights, which provides IoT and analytics-driven business outcome services, and developed a customised programme to help the restaurants save energy.
Eco Energy Insights works to provide sustainable solutions for enterprise-wide energy operations and efficiency management. The company works across various industries from water utilities, telecoms and hospitality to manufacturing and finance. Founded in 2008 and based in Georgia, US, the business claims to have utilised Big Data to deliver a total of over 800mn kWh of energy savings to its clients.
The new IoT solutions is set to be implemented across hundreds of AWRG’s locations in California and Utah. The company set the goal in 2015 to reduce its average monthly energy use by 15%. So far, the initiative has been tested across an initial eight restaurants with monthly savings as high as 18% in some cases.
Jerry Ardizzone, President of AWRG, said: “We were convinced the answer was in advanced analytics, not in retrofitting, as in, modification to existing restaurants that may improve energy efficiency or decrease in energy demand.”
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.