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Energy Management to Help Promise House Reduce Energy Use by 30 Percent

RICHARDSON, Texas — EnTouch Controls announced it has installed an EnTouch Energy Management System at Promise House, a Dallas non-profit for at risk, runaway, and homeless youth, which will help the non-profit to manage and reduce its energy costs and free up more funds for its programs. The new system was donated by Executives in Action (EIA), a Dallas-based non-profit group that places experienced business executives as pro-bono consultants to charitable agencies.

EIA volunteer David Matthews, a managing partner of Trailblazer Capital and an EnTouch board member, came up with the idea of installing the EnTouch system, which is already demonstrating energy savings of more than 30 percent.

“Promise House has proven, impactful programs that bring much needed support to Dallas’ teens in need of help,” said Matthews. “I’m pleased that we are able to redirect upwards of $15,000 per year going forward from their electricity bills to their programs and support.”

Promise House operates a 30,000-square-foot facility in Dallas to provide emergency shelter, transitional living, counseling, and support to homeless, runaway, and at-risk teenagers throughout north Texas. Energy costs have been among its top operating expenses and among the hardest to manage. The EnTouch Controls system helped to identify where energy was being used and provide security features to limit excessive heating and cooling expenses. Electricity expenses exceeded $50,000 in 2011 and the EnTouch Controls solution is expected to save over $15,000 in the first year alone.

“Since we opened in 1984, Promise House has helped more than 60,000 teens, and any resources we get go into expanding our programs to meet a growing need,” said Judy Marshall, vice president of internal affairs at Promise House. “Working with Executives in Action and the EnTouch team has been a real blessing and has helped us to find resources we can use to change lives. As a non-profit, we manage every dollar of expenses tightly to maximize our contribution to the community. The EnTouch Controls system provides an understanding of energy usage and saved us more than $1,000 in our first month using the system. We now better understand where our energy is used and expect significant impact in the coming months.”

The EnTouch system replaces thermostat controls with an advanced, multiple-zone, and wireless HVAC control system and peripherals that monitor energy. The wireless design helps to simplify installation and reduce upfront costs. The customer portal provides remote access, data reporting, and maintenance alerting, allowing users to manage their facilities remotely. For more information, visit

Publication date: 8/13/2012

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