Powerhouse Dynamics and Bertucci’s Earn Top Project of the Year Award from Energy Manager Today for SiteSage Implementation

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SiteSage energy and asset management system pays for itself at Bertucci’s in less than a year, is called ‘exemplary’ by award judges

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One judge said of the project, "A 12 month payback should be a no-brainer for most firms.”

Powerhouse Dynamics, creator of the SiteSage® energy and asset management system for multi-site operators of small commercial facilities, today announced that the SiteSage project at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant received a Top Project of the Year Award from Energy Manager Today. The judges found Bertucci’s SiteSage project to be exemplary.

One judge said of the project, “A 12 month payback should be a no-brainer for most firms. It seems to be a solid low cost option for retail controls and monitoring. I like the additional ability to monitor use of individual pieces of equipment… this adds additional functionality and value to the client. The phased pilot approach showed great results.”

Another added, “The project, by all indications, was very successful. The level of integration between the software and the restaurants is very high.”

The Energy Manager Today Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with significant energy management benefits, or in projects implemented by companies that improved energy management and increased the bottom line.

Scores were determined by a panel of independent judges from the following companies: Accenture, CapitalOne, City of Alexandria VA, COX Enterprises Inc., General Motors, MUFG Union Bank, IBM, Skidmore Owings & Merrill, US Department of Health & Human Services, USG Corporation, and Wellborn Cabinet Inc.

With rapid advancements and a continuous rate of change in the field, energy professionals have a notoriously difficult time knowing what products to choose to help their companies increase energy savings and improve energy performance. The Energy Manager Today Awards give companies a solid base of products, vetted by experts, from which to choose, as well as a variety of successful projects to illustrate how successful initiatives in energy management are helping companies improve.

“We were impressed by both the number of submissions and the caliber of the entries in this first year of the Energy Manager Today Awards. The winners showed an amazing variety in the way energy reductions and savings can be achieved. Energy management is a cutting-edge field in which to be operating today; the winners here prove that innovations are opening up vast new areas of potential for improvement, and that companies are capitalizing on those opportunities in exciting and impressive ways,” says Paul Nastu, publisher of Energy Manager Today’s parent company, Business Sector Media. “Entries that were awarded Top Product or Project of the Year are those that should be carefully considered by companies seeking to improve their own operations in a similar manner.”

SiteSage is an enterprise-level energy and asset management system that allows users to control HVAC and other electrical loads centrally with a highly intuitive web interface and mobile apps. The system remotely monitors equipment and uses patented analytics to diagnose performance issues and identify energy savings opportunities. SiteSage makes it simple to benchmark facilities and the performance of individual pieces of equipment across the enterprise, allowing multi-location companies to prioritize resources and share best practices. The cloud-based system was designed specifically for smaller facilities, so, despite its sophistication, it features low cost, easy installation, simple operation and minimum imposition on staff time. SiteSage is in use in thousands of restaurants, retail stores, convenience stores, and other small commercial facilities across North and Central America.

“Bertucci’s has achieved impressive results with SiteSage, and we’re proud to be recognized by Energy Manager Today for this project,” says Powerhouse Dynamics CEO Martin Flusberg. “Bertucci’s was able to reduce electric use by 12% and gas use by 9% in their locations, and see a sub-12 month payback. In addition to saving energy, the system also reduced repair and maintenance costs at their restaurants by providing advance notice of equipment issues, resulting in fewer truck rolls and fewer emergency calls. We look forward to a long and productive partnership with Bertucci’s.”

About Energy Manager Today
Energy Manager Today is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives - those responsible for procuring and managing energy - fully informed. The publication includes daily news stories written by in-house staff writers and editors, a daily email newsletter sent to an extensive opt-in email list, webinars, research reports, videos, podcasts, a white paper library, an awards program, and other content geared toward energy directors and managers. It is published by Business Sector Media.
About the Energy Manager Today Awards
In its first year, the Energy Manager Today Awards recognize excellence in products/services and projects that provide companies with energy benefits and increase the bottom line. Scores were determined by a panel of independent experts actively working in the field of energy management.

About Powerhouse Dynamics
Powerhouse Dynamics uses cloud-based controls and analytics to deliver enterprise-wide operational and energy efficiency solutions to portfolios of small commercial facilities, including restaurants, convenience stores, retailers, and others. The Powerhouse Dynamics SiteSage® platform reduces energy, maintenance, and repair expenses by centralizing control, analysis, and management of energy-consuming equipment.

Engineered specifically for smaller facilities, SiteSage features powerful functionality delivered via simple online and mobile interfaces. The system continuously enhances efficiencies by controlling major loads, monitoring power consumption, providing insight into the performance of individual pieces of equipment, and tracking gas and water usage. Patented analytics deliver actionable intelligence via diagnostics and alerts, and SiteSage’s enterprise-wide benchmarking capabilities identify underperforming facilities and assets. To learn more about how Powerhouse Dynamics’ customers maximize energy and equipment maintenance savings with minimal staff effort, visit powerhousedynamics.com, or Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube or Facebook.

About Bertucci’s
Since 1981, Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant (http://www.bertucci’s.com) has served customers with hospitality and warmth. Today, Bertucci’s operates 88 locations in 10 states and the District of Columbia. At Bertucci’s, you can always expect a little more. It starts with handcrafted food, genuine hospitality and our unique, 650-degree brick oven. Everything we make, from our famous rolls to pasta, pizza, salads, wings and desserts, is made to order using only the freshest ingredients. Because at Bertucci’s, our secret ingredient is refusing to use “secret ingredients.

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