Which demand response program is the best fit? When looking to save money on an energy bill, usually the first thing that comes to mind are LEDs, smart thermostats, and other IoT devices. However, throwing a demand response program into the mix can help increase savings. Not sure what demand response is all about or what programs are available in your area? "Demand response (DR) — the ability to shift energy load to take advantage of lower rates — is a great way for businesses to spend less on electricity and natural gas. If your company is located in California, you have an amazing array of DR programs to choose from, each offering distinct advantages that can help your company lower its utility spend." Check out the full article on Energy Central!
How to overcome Facility Management Challenges "In California, commercial buildings make up 37 percent of energy consumption-much of which is wasted. Lighting, heating and cooling contribute significantly to high energy use. Thankfully, basic efficiency upgrades could cut electricity usage by 30 percent. As the state works to double energy efficiency savings in electricity and gas end uses by 2030, considering new strategies is crucial. With clear opportunities for improvement, commercial buildings are a logical location for efficiency campaigns, but facility managers often face the challenge of managing electricity use without sufficient data. This infographic details other top facility manager concerns, including saving money. But unlike with fixed operational costs like rent, the rights toolslike energy management systems can drive down energy use to benefit the bottom line." Check out the entire issue on California Building News here! To learn how Zen HQ can help save energy, click here!
Hotel Energy Saving Hacks It is no surprise that hotels use up a lot of energy. There are a lot of ways that hotels can save energy just by making simple changes and yet still keep their guests comfortable. "Technology has impacted nearly every aspect of our modern lives, including how we travel and where we choose to stay for business and pleasure. As with so many other industries, the hospitality sector must adapt to meet changing customer preferences. Drastic shifts in guest expectations are encouraging hoteliers to seek cost-saving measures to balance out adding newly desired features. As emerging technologies impact customer demands, other elements of our connected ecosystem can be leveraged for basic operational improvements to achieve those cost savings. Business leaders are uniquely positioned to see both sides of the hotel energy management challenge. As hotel guests, comfort is top of mind, but the bottom-line benefits of an energy management system (EMS) are also easy to understand. Hotel decision makers are already implementing basic efficiency upgrades like LED lighting, and holistic energy management systems are an important next step for saving even more energy while also increasing guest comfort and reducing operating costs." Check out the full article on Energy Central here! See how Zen HQ can save hotels energy!
Identifying The Business Case For IoT There are many different IoT products. Determining whether they belong in the workplace can be challenging. These technologies can make a job easier, but if not compatible with your workspace, can cause more of a headache. James McPhail, CEO of Zen Ecosystems, speaks on the subject on Forbes Technology Council! "As mass market adoption of internet of things (IoT) devices continues to expand, understanding which ones can benefit your business becomes even more critical. While it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the IoT noise, there are plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about the implications of increased connectivity." Read the full article on Forbes Technology Council by clicking here! Interested in a smart thermostat for your business? Click here!
Products that save Money And Energy! Zen HQ was chosen as one of this year's BUILDINGS 2018 Money-Saving Products by providing a simple, cost-effective solution to energy management! "Energy management is trending all around the globe. Today, facilities managers and building owners like you are focusing more than ever on energy conservation. At the heart of it, using the right energy products in your facility not only lessens environmental impact but are also cost-effective." Read the full article here!
Legacy Systems With the improvement of technology, a lot of business' are finding that they must upgrade from their legacy systems. It is important to keep certain challenges in mind when looking to upgrade. James McPhail, CEO of Zen Ecosystems, speaks on one the challenges, along with peers. "For many entrepreneurs, their businesses were built on what would now be considered legacy hardware and software. It can be tough to part with it if alternatives haven't been thought of or if an entrepreneur is reluctant to change the way something has always been done. But in business, it's essential to move forward and upgrade to newer technology that best suits a business's needs." For the full article on Forbes Technology Council, click here!