|By Business Wire
|June 25, 2014 08:03 AM EDT
The hot Texas summer is fast approaching, and for the West Houston
Community Center that means higher energy costs for air conditioning and
an increased strain on its budget.
Houston Community Center (WHCC) is a nonprofit organization aimed at
providing quality facilities that support the community. The center
hosts Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Palmer Drug Abuse Programs (PDAP)
for young and older youth, parent/child and multi-family programming,
domestic abuse group counseling and Cocaine Anonymous.
To provide a comfortable environment for all of these programs, the
center has historically seen a significant spike in the electricity
bills during the summer months. But this summer will be vastly different
thanks to lower energy rates from Houston-based Entelrgy and an easy to
use, energy management solution donated by EnTouch
Because its programs are hosted at various times and in multiple rooms
throughout the WHCC facility, HVAC energy costs have become a
significant expense for the organization. One such program is the Family
Point Resources, which focuses on programs that enrich the lives of
low-income neighborhood children and their families. During the summer
they conduct a variety of summer camps at WHCC including dance, art,
drama, reading and sports. The camps greatly increase building traffic
and are at all times of the day.
Before implementing EnTouch’s web-based energy management solution, WHCC
guests were changing temperature settings themselves, or if they did not
have access in a given room, they’d call the facility manager to come
out to change the settings. The major issue was that when temperature
changes were made in the evening, they’d be forgotten, leaving the air
conditioning to run throughout the night when the facility was closed.
“Energy is our number one non-personnel expense, but there are simply
too many programs and too many different groups within our facility for
me to ensure temperatures are properly regulated,” said Jorge Quinones,
executive director, West Houston Community Center. “EnTouch’s solution
completely simplified this process and we expect to see significant
energy savings, which will free up our budget to focus on what’s most
important to us – the community.”
Entelrgy adopted WHCC into its Community In Action Program, in which the
company provides lower-priced energy costs and makes donations to local
community organizations and non-profits. In the case of WHCC, Entelrgy
professionally renegotiated their energy contract and reduced their
annual energy costs by just over $3,000. And on May 8th,
2014, Entelrgy made an additional charitable contribution of $3,868 to
Add to that the donation of the EnTouch Pro Thermostats and WHCC will be
able to reduce its energy costs even more by reducing its energy usage.
With the EnTouch Pro thermostats in place, guests can text the facility
manager for changes and he can manage temperature changes remotely from
anywhere with his mobile phone. Additionally, security functionality of
the EnTouch Pro allows the facility manager to select a desired
temperature and ensure that onsite changes do not exceed +/- 3 degrees
of the approved setting. If changes are made, the thermostat will
automatically revert back to vacant set points each night.
“The West Houston Community Center is a valued resource providing
essential wellness services to its community, and it is a shame that so
much of its funding was consumed by unnecessary energy costs,” said
James Walton, VP of Business Development of EnTouch Controls. “We’re
happy to provide the center with the EnTouch Pro thermostats and look
forward to continuing our work with them to ensure maximum energy
“The goal of our Community In Action program in 2014 is to give $100,000
back to local organizations like the WHCC,” said F. Michael Lewis, Vice
President of Operations for Entelrgy. “This is EnTouch’s first time
teaming up with our Community In Action program, but the combination of
our negotiated low rates and energy management is a good one for making
the maximum impact on these organizations.”
For more information about how Entelrgy can help your community or
business, please visit our website www.EnergyCompete.com
or call us at 866-7ENERGY (866-736-3749)
For more information on EnTouch Pro, visit http://entouchcontrols.com/products-services/entouch-promotion-sensing-thermostat/.
About EnTouch Controls
Based in Richardson, Texas, EnTouch Controls is an industry-leading
provider of data-driven energy management solutions (EMS). EnTouch
Controls’ easy-to-use, web-based solution is designed to leverage
real-time analytics to reduce energy consumption and maximize energy
savings, to provide visibility across key assets while improving
operational efficiency and enhancing overall customer comfort. EnTouch
360™ managed services takes traditional EMS to a higher level by
providing dedicated support in managing energy usage and evaluating
system issues. EnTouch Controls provides installation, professional
services, technical support, energy usage monitoring, overall system
performance and manages maintenance issues. Connect with EnTouch
Controls on our website, Twitter
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email Tom Kay, Vice President Sales & Marketing at [email protected].
Based in the “Energy Capitol of the World,” Houston, Texas, Entelrgy LLC
operates as an energy consultant and broker for commercial and
industrial customers. We handle national energy procurement and
management for a variety of clients. While offering consulting not only
on price and cost reduction, but also utility bill management, HVAC
controls, utility construction, engineering services, demand response
and lighting retrofits.
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