Retailers & Restaurants Save Energy With 75F

by Katie Lee

Minneapolis — 75F, the predictive and proactive analytics cloud-based software platform designed to optimize HVAC and lighting, is rolling out to 34 Rockler retail locations across the nation and upwards of 20 Border Foods locations.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware piloted the 75F Outside Air Optimization solution in its Maplewood, Minn., store to reduce energy usage. When the data proved 32% energy savings, Rockler determined the sustainable clean tech building automation solution was the perfect fit. The added benefits of remote monitoring, scheduling and visibility reinforced the decision to expand from coast to coast. The business also included lighting in their retail rollout, saving additional money and further contributing to their bottom line.

“The 1-year payback is a no-brainer,” says David Larson, Rockler’s CFO. “Our Maplewood store study documenting 32% savings was confirmed by subsequent utility bill reductions.” Rockler’s director of store planning, Glenn Snyder elaborates: “Our guest experience has improved and we’re saving energy, temperatures are uniform and comfortable.”

Meanwhile, Border Foods, a franchisee of Taco Bell, saw a dramatic improvement in its restaurants’ temperature imbalances as soon as the 75F system was installed. “We have employees and vendors telling us that they’ve never been in restaurants in our company that have been this comfortable,” says Brian Davies, Border Foods’ manager of facilities. To prove the point, Border Foods authorized a short test where the 75F balancing activity was briefly suspended so they could observe what conditions were like with the previous static balancing equipment. Within minutes, the old heat islands shot up in the kitchen and the imbalance rose 10 degrees before the test was concluded.

The Border Foods Case Study highlights the added benefits of the proprietary analytics dashboard, depicting how 75F keeps guests comfortable while saving energy. “The 75F system addresses a major issue in small footprint facilities in an easy to install and cost-effective way,” says Davies.

75F is a smart building automation systems company offering predictive solutions to energy management and comfort issues in light commercial buildings. Using the best in cloud computing and the Internet (HHH) of Things, 75F proactively manages building needs before they arise. For more information, visit


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