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Finalists! MassTLC Innovative Tech of the Year - Internet of Things

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 2:08:00 PM by Helen Fairman

We love celebrating wins at Powerhouse Dynamics, and humbly, we hope that you'll take a moment to celebrate this one with us.

Last week, we were named finalists for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) Leadership Awards in the Innovative Technology of the Year - Internet of Things category (whew, that was a mouthful!). We're thrilled to be recognized alongside behemoths like PTC and LogMeIn, and other hot tech companies like Ecovent and Openbay. According to MassTLC: 

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Posted in: sitesage, powerhouse dynamics, massachusetts, Internet of Things, masstlc

Restaurant Energy Use & Tips Infographic

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 1:11:00 PM by Helen Fairman

Many business owners experience high monthly electricity and utility bills, but they may not realize there are many appliances drawing unnecessary power. Monitoring and managing usage of appliances such as the air conditioner, refrigerator, or dining room lights can help lower monthly bills and energy usage. Our infographic provides details on what systems consume the most energy in a full-service restaurant and offers savings tips on various appliances and systems in the kitchen and dining area. Click to view our infographic and find out how your restaurant can save more energy.

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Posted in: Restaurant Energy Management

California drought: Innovative technologies will save farms and businesses water, energy, and money

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 9:00:00 AM by Helen Fairman

With the drought in California persisting for over four years now, clean, fresh water is at a premium. In order to conserve what little water is left, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2015, implementing mandatory water restrictions of 25 percent across the state. 

The order also set up a Water Energy Technology (WET) program to fund research on innovative water-saving technologies that will “increase energy efficiency at water-related facilities and enable the use of recycled water to provide better management in sectors that are typically large water users.”

Soon after the order was issued, the California Energy Commission quickly approved several research and demonstration grants, including:

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Posted in: Restaurant Energy Management, Convenience Store Energy Management, energy savings, smart building technology, water leaks

Powerhouse Dynamics Receives Green Newton Environmental Leadership Award

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 10:00:00 AM by Helen Fairman

We were honored recently with the 2015 Green Newton Environmental Leadership Award to a business. Green Newton is a much-honored organization with 25 years of climate stewardship and education under its belt. Recently recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with its 2015 Merit Award for outstanding efforts in protecting New England's environment, Green Newton "is dedicated to creating an environment in better balance with the natural world by making significant, measurable improvements in the way we use resources."

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Posted in: powerhouse dynamics, Press, Sustainability, awards

Bipartisan energy efficiency law: The beginning of something good

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 5:07:00 PM by Helen Fairman

On April 30, President Obama signed into law a new bipartisan energy efficiency bill consisting of pieces of a larger bill that had been bogged down in Congress over the Keystone XL pipeline fight.

The modest but symbolic Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015 (S. 535) sets up a new energy efficiency recognition program for commercial buildings—similar to the Energy Star program—and requires development of an energy efficiency best practices model for federal leasing.

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Posted in: Energy Efficiency, energy savings, enterprise energy management

1+1=3: Ecova + Powerhouse Dynamics = A Partnership Poised for Success

Posted on May 26, 2015 5:06:00 PM by Martin Flusberg

Cross-posted from the Ecova Insider blog.

Too many companies negotiate partnerships without ever establishing the basis for working together, or fully aligning their mutual interests with the structure of the relationship. More often than not these relationships fail.

Partnerships that are most likely to be successful and to yield positive results for both partners occur when each brings something to the table that complements what the other is offering. Not only does this provide a foundation for success, but it can also lead to a situation where the outcome goes beyond that which would result if each company delivered its solution independently. In other words, with these relationships: 1+1=3.

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Posted in: Retail Energy Management, Restaurant Energy Management, Convenience Store Energy Management, ecova, partnerships

America’s Greenest Restaurants slash energy use while serving up sublime sustenance

Posted on May 18, 2015 1:00:00 PM by Jay Fiske

Last month, The Daily Meal announced its annual selection of America’s Greenest Restaurants. The top 20 restaurants are chosen for their dedication to green and sustainable operation, while at the same time, serving “standout cuisine.”

Restaurants selected for the list must demonstrate their commitment to sustainability by earning a 3- or 4-star Green Restaurant Association (GRA) rating, a national certification for restaurants similar to LEED Certification for buildings.

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Posted in: Restaurant Energy Management, restaurant, Sustainability, green restaurant association

Are you waiting for your HVAC equipment to fail?

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 1:44:00 PM by Martin Flusberg

Powerhouse Dynamics CEO Martin Flusberg tackles the perceived cost of proactive equipment maintenance, and why it may actually cost much less than the more common "run to fail" approach.

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Posted in: HVAC, equipment performance monitoring

How Much Do Energy Management Systems Save Small Commercial Facilities?

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 6:00:00 AM by Martin Flusberg

I have often been struck by the wide range in claims about the effectiveness of an Energy Management System (EMS) in reducing energy usage. I have seen claims of anywhere from 10% to 35% in expected savings. While this wide range may be attributable to the range in functionality of different systems, I have actually seen this full range claimed even for systems that have the same functionality of heating and cooling control only.

I thought it would be interesting to explore what levels are reasonably achievable, to help in the process of parsing claims made by EMS vendors. Since we focus on smaller commercial facilities, let’s limit the discussion to facilities under 15,000 square feet and look at both retailers and restaurants in particular.

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Posted in: Energy Management Systems, savings, energy savings

Restaurant Facility Management Association (RFMA) Throws a Bash

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 11:26:00 AM by Jay Fiske

We’re just back from a fantastic RFMA 2015 Conference — this year held in beautiful San Diego. Hats off to the RFMA team for once again putting together a fun and productive event.  

I must admit to feeling somewhat guilty for leaving my family, friends and colleagues and narrowly escaping yet another winter storm in New England. The sun, balmy temperatures, and palm trees of San Diego were a welcome respite to a snow-clogged Boston.  

On Sunday night, the party kicked-off in true fashion with the Super Bowl extravaganza at Jolt’n Joe’s. The crazy-exciting game only served to electrify what is always a lively opening event for RFMA, and as a Boston-based company, we certainly had an extra spring in our step the next day. 

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Posted in: RFMA

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