Zen Ecosystems and Eyedro Partner on Technology Integration to Optimize Business Energy Use
Partnership to provide comprehensive smart energy management and monitoring capabilities
April 12, 2018 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zen Ecosystems and Eyedro Green Solutions Inc. today announced a partnership to integrate Eyedro’s near real-time electricity monitoring equipment and software with Zen Ecosystems’ intelligent commercial energy management platform, Zen HQ. This integration will offer current and future Zen HQ customers access to more detailed energy-related data for optimizing electricity use.
Eyedro’s easy-to-install hardware and MyEyedro cloud software package enables Zen HQ to collect and transmit data at the individual load level in five-minute intervals. Zen HQ will analyze the usage across building operations and deliver insights through comprehensive energy reports for building managers to enhance lighting, ventilation, cooling and other building operations. Eyedro is currently installed in more than 130 countries.
“Energy management is a complex arena, with countless opportunities for greater efficiency, but transparency is key,” said Zen Ecosystems CEO James McPhail. “Eyedro’s integration allows customers who are already saving with Zen HQ to monitor more and use actionable insights to make changes that improve their energy use, and ultimately, their bottom line.”
The first Zen Ecosystems and Eyedro-powered systems will be installed in multiple restaurant franchise locations as a part of a pilot program.
“Restaurant franchises have some of the slimmest margins in the business,” said Eyedro CEO Trevor Orton. “Diving deeper into new data streams with the Zen HQ and Eyedro integration will help businesses of all sizes identify energy drains. As we offer increasingly precise energy use data, we identify new opportunities to achieve electricity savings and support businesses’ bottom lines.”
Eyedro solutions will be offered in tiered packages and price points to all Zen HQ customers over the next six months, and a simple user interface will be added prior to the full roll-out. The integration is estimated to provide 10-30% in savings for sustainably-minded businesses. For more on the collaboration visit: www.zenecosystems.com
About Zen Ecosystems
Zen Ecosystems provides intelligent energy management solutions to businesses and consumers. Zen HQ is an energy management system designed for the unique needs of businesses and utilities to provide insights and control over multisite commercial energy usage while delivering the fastest payback in the market. The Zen Thermostat is a beautiful, simple connected device for home and business that also enables multi system operators to enhance the customer experience. Fast Company has recognized Zen Ecosystems as one of its “Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Energy” for 2018. Learn more at http://zenecosystems.com/
Eyedro Wireless Home Video Review
Eyedro Wireless Home video review by Eric DIY. Follow along with Eric as he installs his Eyedro from unboxing to installing in his electrical panel to an overview of the MyEyedro cloud software. He also demonstrates how Eyedro works with Amazon Echo.
Using Eyedro with Amazon Echo:
“Gives you your energy usage at any moment’s notice.”
Watch Eric DIY’s Eyedro review here.
Eyedro Wireless Home Electricity Monitoring System video review
Eyedro Product Review: Fire Prevention
Eyedro product review – a fire prevention perspective from Matt, a NY firefighter.
This article is written in regards to my recent product review of the Eyedro EHWEM1 Wireless Home electricity monitor.
This is my 23rd product I have reviewed for firefighters, and I was pleasantly surprised with the simplicity and ease of use with this product.
First, the customer service team was great to work with, and very knowledgeable of their product.
Second, the design of the monitor is simple, and that’s not a negative thing – this product is designed for actual use and it excelled at that. It’s often hidden away in an electrical panel and doesn’t necessarily need to be overly beautiful.
When I received the product in the mail it was packaged nice and neat. It was super easy to install; it’s literally two clicks of the actual monitors on your incoming electrical lines and you’re basically good to go. After you install, you simply sign up online and that’s it.
This unit is so sensitive and accurate that it can literally tell you when and where your electricity may be costing you money. While monitoring my own system I noticed I had a draw of electricity whenever my refrigerator would kick on, and found out the motor was going bad in my fridge. So I immediately saved money using the Eyedro unit.
What I am most impressed by is the ability to see what appliances draw too much power, not necessarily for electricity use, but for the possibility of a potential fire. That’s a great feature for firefighters not only in the field but at their own homes too! For example, if a motor in my fridge is drawing too much power as it did, it allowed me to look into it closer and potentially avoid a fire if the motor got too hot from being overstressed.
Overall, I am impressed with the Eyedro EHWEM1 wireless monitor and will continue to use it in the future. It’s a simple product designed for the everyday person. I applaud the Eyedro Company for designing a product with the average person in mind. I would gladly recommend this product to my friends and family.
Is it time to do an audit on your home fire and safety preparedness? Here are some home fire safety tips from the U.S. Fire Administration.
Evaluating 20kW Heater Efficiency for Commercial Building – Should the Heaters be Replaced?
The question for the customer in this case study: what is my heater efficiency and should my heaters be replaced with newer equipment?
Using the Eyedro Electricity Monitoring System the customer was able to determine when their heaters were turning on and off. By analyzing the real-time energy monitoring and historical data available from within the MyEyedro cloud software, the customer was able to arrive at an educated decision as to whether the heaters should be replaced or not.
Large commercial heaters (like the type used to heat arenas) use a tremendous amount of electricity, and operating costs in a commercial enterprise are carefully tracked. Eyedro is invaluable in this type of situation offering up real-time data in both consumption and dollar amounts. Eyedro data can help business owners make the right decision when it comes to replacing outdated and inefficient equipment, ultimately saving the company money!
Big Savings with LED Lighting
*Based on 2 hours per day @ 0.10/kWh
Which Type of Light Bulbs Should you Choose?
In these days of rising electricity prices it may be time for a whole home light bulb retrofit. With a quick look at the above infographic it quickly becomes apparent that significant savings are to be had by swapping out incandescent bulbs for LED lighting.
Incandescent bulbs are inexpensive to purchase but tremendously inefficient as they dissipate most of the energy they consume as heat.
The cost of running one 60 watt incandescent bulb for 2 hours per day at 10 cents/kWh, would cost $4.38 per year. The 15 watt compact fluorescent equivalent would cost $1.10 per year and the LED version comparable to the 60 watt incandescent would only cost $0.66! Now multiply that by the average number of bulbs in a home.
The average number of light bulbs in a home is 24 according to Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency 2007 statistics. When you multiply the yearly dollar figures of the incandescent and LED bulb by 24 that’s when the savings opportunities really become obvious: $105.12 vs. $15.84!
While initially LED bulbs were quite expensive to purchase, they have in recent years come down in price and are now very affordable.
The advantages of LED lighting are clear:
- Extremely energy efficient compared to traditional light bulbs
- No toxic mercury risk like CFL
- Very long life if you purchase good quality bulbs (this may or may not apply to dollar store finds – caveat emptor)
Try a little experiment! Install each type of bulb one by one in a lamp and check how much power is being consumed using your Eyedro Real-Time Electricity Monitor. Saving electricity can be fun, saving money even better.
Ready to dig a little deeper into your energy usage?