ARLINGTON, Va. — GridPoint, a supplier of data-driven energy management systems (EMS), announced that TOMS King LLC, a northern Illinois-based Burger King® franchisee, has deployed GridPoint’s energy management solution at all 59 TOMS King restaurants after a successful six-site pilot.
TOMS King’s savings were achieved by installing asset-level submetering, monitoring several pieces of equipment and implementing HVAC and lighting controls. TOMS King also gained access to GridPoint’s cloud-based software platform, GridPoint Energy Manager, which aggregates and presents data collected at each site. Additionally, TOMS King subscribed to GridPoint’s Energy Advisory and Control Support Services to get the most value out of the EMS data while optimizing its fleet of Burger King restaurants.
“At TOMS King, we wanted to make our restaurants energy efficient, but needed to do so in a way that did not sacrifice customer comfort,” said Sandra MacDonald, director of development and purchasing at TOMS King. “GridPoint gave us detailed insight into energy consumption at each of our restaurants throughout Illinois, Ohio, and Pennsylvania and recommended specific controls we could employ to save money and energy while still maintaining a comfortable environment for our team members and guests.”
TOMS King also lowered energy costs by reducing consumption and demand peaks using two of GridPoint’s advanced algorithms — HVAC setback/recovery and load curtailment.
Finally, GridPoint initiated a series of intelligent alarms that alert management when mechanical or electrical issues arise at any TOMS King restaurant. For instance, the alarms GridPoint developed for coolers and freezers allow TOMS King to see when temperatures move above or below preferred thresholds and complement TOMS King’s food management and safety programs.
“We enjoyed working with TOMS King to create a solution to support their energy management and facility insight requirements,” said Mark Danzenbaker, senior vice president of sales, marketing and product management at GridPoint. “From advanced control algorithms to smart alarms and expert services, GridPoint’s comprehensive EMS helped TOMS King’s sites transform into energy conscious enterprises without sacrificing their core mission — providing guests with great-tasting food in a comfortable environment.”
TOMS King LLC is a Burger King franchisee that operates 59 restaurants in the Chicago; Cleveland; Dayton, Ohio; Youngstown, Ohio; and Pittsburgh metro areas. For more information, visit www.tomsking.com.
For more information about GridPoint, visit www.gridpoint.com.
Publication date: 12/29/2014