Background Within a franchise network, the electricity bills of three similar stores were compared. This comparison showed that the bills varied greatly. Peak Demand charges accounted for almost half of the monthly electricity bills. Managers wanted an understanding of energy demands. Without information identification of performance, improvements were impossible. What they did Store managers used carbonTRACK to monitor electricity consumption and control two electric hot water systems in each store. As a result they were able to reduce peak demand events and the overall bills for their franchaises. Results “Insights and analysis of our stores’ performance reduced peak demand charges.” Franchise Manager Alerts for peak demand spikes warned management of spikes in power use and they were able to adjust how and when they used electricity. With these improvements, they reduced the severity of their electricity consumption. The severity of peak demand events was predicted, and electricity use was throttled to mitigate their effects. Overall electricity consumption was also reduced.
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