Arby’s Reduces Energy Intensity 7.6%

July 15, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

arby's energy manageArby’s Restaurant Group announced energy reduction savings as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

Arby’s says it achieved a 7.6 percent reduction in energy use intensity as a result of a variety of energy initiatives implemented in 2013 as part of its Efficiency Matters program. Efficiency Matters is a cost-saving energy management platform developed to help improve efficiencies in restaurants and reduce energy consumption and associated environmental and community impacts.

In 2013-2014, Arby’s focused on eight key energy initiatives, including:

  1. Implemented a new on/off schedule
  2. Adjusted hot water heater controls
  3. Installed aerators on hand sinks
  4. Installed low-flow spray valves in sanitizing sinks
  5. Converted evaporators of walk-in boxes (WIBs) to electronically commutated motors
  6. Installed strip curtains in the same WIBs
  7. Converted outdoor HID lights to LED lights
  8. Introduced a new asset management system – Powerhouse Dynamic’s SiteSage.

Arby‘s says its energy efficiency partners, including Ecova and Powerhouse Dynamics, have been instrumental in helping it realize these energy savings.

Ecova helped Arby with its Efficiency Matters program by:

  • Meeting with cross-functional teams from Arby’s and analyzing their utility bill data to identify barriers and opportunities.
  • Implementing a variety of behavior-based changes.
  • Creating a culture that drives continual improvement in energy performance.
  • Conducting energy and water audits to identify clear low-cost as well as capital-based opportunities for improvement – with a collective payback of less than two years.

Arby’s has set a goal of achieving a 15 percent energy use intensity reduction by 2015 in company-owned restaurants (based on a 2011 baseline).

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