AT A GLANCE
75F Solutions –
75F Outside Air Optimization Economizers, 75F Smart Nodes
EnergyPrint Solution –
Square Footage –
180,000 square foot
Rooftop Units –
Average Rooftop Unit Size –
Previous System –
Standard Commercial Thermostat
HOM Furniture is one of the nation’s largest furniture retailers, serving customers in the upper Midwest with an average store size of 100,000-plus square feet. These retail shopping environments are typically one- or two-story buildings and operate seven days a week.
Since 2010, HOM has been tracking their utility and energy performance data for their portfolio of retail stores with EnergyPrint. They also leverage EnergyPrint’s Utility Dashboard, a cloud-based energy management software, to better understand their energy use and expenditures, prioritize improvements, and prove results. With energy as a top-three operating expense for HOM, totaling $228,000 annually, company leaders proactively searched for ways to invest in cost-effective solutions to increase efficiency across its portfolio of retail stores.
The 75F Solution
With several aging buildings, HOM reached out to 75F and saw the opportunity to optimize its existing 10-year-old RTU equipment with new outside air optimization (OAO) economizer controls at the Plymouth, Minnesota, showroom location. Additionally, smart sensor upgrades were added for each unit to allow for remote monitoring and control as well as advanced scheduling and setback capabilities.
Advanced OAO works to limit excessive outside air conditioning and increases the use of outside air during the spring and fall seasons when ideal conditions are present. 75F's OAO is equipped with cloud computing data storage and processing power and operates efficiently through its abundance of "free cooling."
This site used a simple prescriptive rebate from Xcel Energy, providing $20 a ton for advanced economizer controls ($4,400), and $100 per RTU ($2,200) for the addition of CO2 monitoring, bringing the total utility rebates to $6,600. With EnergyPrint's Utility Dashboard as a guide, HOM benchmarked this building's performance to monitor its monthly progress and validate savings results.
The Utility Dashboard and the 75F HVAC controls upgrade saved the Plymouth site nearly $50,000 within the first year of installation. This equated to a 21.1% drop in energy costs and a 21.4% drop in energy consumption for the building, which was far ahead of projected pre-installation calculations. The collaboration between 75F and EnergyPrint provides HOM with the ability to implement affordable solutions to improve building efficiency and prove financial results. Additionally, EnergyPrint’s Utility Dashboard gives the HOM team a wide view of their portfolio so they can easily identify other properties where 75F solutions could be beneficial.
"EnergyPrint has shown me that 75F is performing above and beyond their conservative estimates on a regular basis," said the project's real estate manager. "The two paired together just makes complete sense."