E2America Sees 'Smarter' C-Store Buildings

Retrofit HVAC control systems designed to reduce electricity costs, usage, emissions

Published in CSP Daily News

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Efficient Energy America Inc. (E2America) is now targeting convenience store operators with its technology that helps reduce energy costs and consumption, while helping them achieve comfortable environments inside their stores. Already installed in leading restaurants and retail chains, E2America's automated, self-refining, wireless, retrofit HVAC control systems are designed to reduce electricity costs, usage and carbon emissions for commercial enterprises.

Current customers currently include McDonalds, Bojangles, Taco Bell and Golden Corral franchises, [image-nocss] as well as other commercial buildings.

E2America's system directly impacts overall energy consumption by optimizing HVAC performance and better managing electricity demand, the company said. The technology not only considers the environment inside a commercial building, but also considers the environment a building is in, ensuring maximum thermal comfort in all areas. It takes into account 19 variables, including external weather data, internal and external humidity, solar heat load and building occupancy to continually monitor, control and optimize the operation of the building's HVAC systems.

"Simply by taking steps to make their buildings 'smarter,' convenience store owners are finding they can actually increase their bottom line," said Dara O'Neill, CEO of Wilmington, N.C.-based E2America. "The E2America system provides the c-store market with proven technology that not only delivers dramatic savings on electricity costs, but also helps optimize HVAC systems and thermal comfort for a number of commercial buildings."

E2America customers save as much as $800 each month, per location, on electricity costs after installation, according to the company. For operators with several c-store locations, the savings can be even more substantial. A typical E2America implementation yields ROI in 12 months, which is much faster than sustainable energy technology. The company currently partners with a number of utility companies and electric cooperatives across the country, including Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Progress Energy, Duke Energy and GreenCo Solutions Inc. to offer incentive programs for commercial customers.

C-store owners can also take advantage of federal legislation that provides substantial tax credits for energy efficiency technology installed in 2011, E2America said.

E2America's intelligent HVAC control, optimization and real-time reporting systems, fully automated, wireless, retrofit technology, deliver cash-positive results and ROI within 18 months, the company said.

The E2America intelligent Smart Grid efficiency technology reduces energy consumption (kWh) and demand (kW) of each facility through management of the HVAC equipment, which draws the heaviest electrical loads. Each solution is custom designed and built for that particular application, and no training is required.

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