Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • Recently, the Powerhouse Dynamics team donated a morning to Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm, a local wildlife sanctuary and educational non-profit that also functions as a working farm. Mass Audubon is one of our customers: they use SiteSage to monitor energy consumption and renewable energy generation at a number of their properties across Massachusetts. Each year...Read More

Powerhouse Dynamics
Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • In case you haven’t noticed, food service equipment is getting much closer to “The Jetsons”-esque technology. However, I was recently struck by a study in contrasts when I saw dangling from the side of a $10,000, top-of-the-line, rapid cook oven none other than a wood clipboard (that retails for under $2) holding a piece of...Read More

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  • It’s not uncommon for multiple heating and cooling units to serve the same large space, but how do you know one unit isn’t doing all the work while the other sits on the roof and works on its tan? Even if the thermostats are programmed with the same schedule and temperature targets, they might experience...Read More

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  • It seems simple enough: when your sign is lit, you’re open for business. However, everyone in the restaurant business knows that the few minutes before open and the few minutes after close can be extremely hectic for operators, and sometimes flipping light switches gets forgotten in the shuffle. One of our customers felt they were...Read More

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Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • Real-time Equipment Data, Maintenance and Uptime – SiteSage Integration with ServiceChannel It’s amazing what you learn about your critical equipment when you get remote access to real-time performance data.  In thousands of SiteSage installations at small commercial facilities – mostly chain convenience stores, restaurants, and retailers – we have seen the incredible challenge facilities maintena...

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Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • What kind of value can you attribute to visibility into cooler temperature monitoring? Here’s a spotlight case study that shows how a simple alert can save time and valuable resources: One of our convenience store customers recently started monitoring temperatures in their walk-in cooler and freezers, with real time alerts. They received a SiteSage alert...Read More

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Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • Many restaurants think they have lighting control covered after they invest in an expensive dimmer panel/lighting control system. The primary function of such systems is to control lights to create a certain “mood” in the restaurant based on time of day, and quite a bit of programming and automation is put in place to serve...Read More

Powerhouse Dynamics
Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • Lighting accounts for a significant portion of the energy usage at most retail stores. The right lighting can make your product stand out, so you certainly want your store lit up when your customers are milling about the aisles, but how about when the shelves are being stocked? It’s very common for team members to...Read More

Powerhouse Dynamics
Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • Nearly every recent article about the explosive growth in devices connected to the Internet (the Internet of Things, or IoT) mentions Edge or Fog Computing – generally without any clear explanation of what that means. When explanations are offered, they are often inconsistent. This post aims to shed some light on these and related terms,...Read More

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Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • When the HVAC system just isn’t cutting it during the winter, many restaurant operators turn to supplemental electric heating options to pick up the slack along drafty windows, inside vestibules, or along covered/enclosed patios. While such options can be cheaper up front than installing new HVAC, they come with higher energy bills. These higher energy...Read More

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Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • Your thermostat is calling, but is your Rooftop Unit (RTU) listening? Within a few days of opening a new restaurant, one of our customers noticed, via SiteSage energy monitoring, that their RTUs were running their supply fans 24/7, even though their thermostat was set to switch fan control to “auto” when the restaurant was un-occupied....Read More

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Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • Everyone likes fresh eggs in the morning, and one of our quick serve restaurant customers did steady business with made-to-order eggs on breakfast sandwiches. The customer knew that their eggs should be refrigerated, so to make it easy for the griddle chef, they placed an under-counter refrigerator directly below the griddle for easy access to...Read More

Powerhouse Dynamics
Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • Have you ever driven past a store with a dark parking lot and assumed that it was closed and moved on? That’s a nightmare for gas stations and convenience stores, and one of our customers smartly relies on SiteSage to make sure their signs, pole lights, and canopy lights are always on when they want...Read More

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Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • A common source of HVAC energy waste is blower /supply fans running 24/7/365, including unoccupied and overnight periods where the supply air is definitely not required. SiteSage internet-connected thermostats allow you to set fan mode in AUTO or ON by time block, thus ensuring that fans only run when needed and capturing the associated savings....Read More

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Powerhouse Dynamics
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  • HVAC equipment can fail in the most interesting ways, but fortunately SiteSage delivers the data to help understand equipment issues, and allows you to make remote adjustments to help negate their impact and compensate with other units. The first chart shown here features data from a Heat Pump installed at a California retailer. With the...Read More

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