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North American retailers enjoy million dollar savings with Surveyor energy management system: Venstar

FBR Staff Writer Published 25 February 2011

Venstar, a thermostat and energy management systems supplier, said that its Surveyor Energy Management System (EMS) has saved millions for its retail clients on their energy bills at more than 13,000 locations in North America.

Overall, chains' energy use was cut down by 1.3 billion kilowatt hours, which is equivalent to taking 185,057 cars off the road and eliminating more than 2.1 billion pounds of CO2 emissions.

The company said that its Surveyor, which is designed for small-box retail chains, is installed in more than 13,000 locations throughout North America, including Family Dollar and other major retail stores.

Surveyor allows small-box retailers and other multi-location businesses to remotely monitor, control and manage their HVAC and lighting/electrical and mechanical systems in all their stores, giving them unprecedented visibility into their energy usage.

Venstar president and CEO Steve Dushane said using Surveyor, the average-sized small-box chain store customer can realize savings of up to 25% off its energy costs the first year.

"In addition to the dramatic cost savings and CO2 emissions, customers typically have a return on investment (ROI) on their Surveyor system in less than 18 months," Dushane added.

Based in Matthews, North Carolina, Family Dollar has more than 6,800 stores in 44 states, all of which are equipped with Surveyor.

Family Dollar facilities management vice president Marilyn Morse said using Surveyor is not just about cost savings.

"Being a green company is very important to us. Surveyor helps us make informed energy decisions for our stores' energy usage and make a positive environmental impact," Morse said.