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Australian Businesses Set to Save on Summer Power Bills

An Australian invention is set to save businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy bills with the touch of one button. 

Australian-owned Zen Ecosystems has announced the Australian launch of its Zen HQ energy management platform, a year after its successful roll out in the US, an early adopter of cutting-edge smart-energy technology. 

Multi-site businesses and franchisors struggling to contain energy consumption and costs will be the biggest beneficiaries, with the innovative Zen HQ system able to control heating, cooling and lighting usage across stores nationally through a central online portal.

US retailer National Stores, which has more than 350 stores, reported savings of up to 30 per cent on energy bills after installing the Zen HQ system across outlets in California and Puerto Rico. Other high-profile US customers include a large national retail chain, a hotel industry market leader and a leading fast-food retailer.

Zen HQ uses smart Zen thermostats installed across multiple store locations that can be controlled remotely through a central portal, providing the ideal energy solution for retailers, franchisors, hoteliers and commercial property developers. 

Zen Ecosystems general manager Michael Joffe said the Zen HQ system, which last month received the backing of the Australian Government, provided a solution to one of businesses’ biggest expenses.

“Our system puts an end to thermostat wars between individual store managers and staff jockeying with the thermostat setting throughout the day. Our centrally-controlled system allows for all stores to be heated or cooled at a nominated temperature, and regulated or switched off outside of business hours,” Mr Joffe said.

“We know from our experiences in the US that this has the potential to save businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars. After just one month of using our thermostat system, businesses were saving 25 to 35 per cent off their store power bill.”

Mr Joffe said the thermostats could be easily retrofitted and were cheap to install.

The Zen HQ was one of the handful of projects to be awarded a multi-million-dollar Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grant by the Australian Government last month. Businesses signed up to the system have the option to receive incentives to reduce power usage in peak demand times, easing the strain on the national power grid.