Cooking Up Savings: Real Time Data to Identify Energy Waster in Restaurants


Restaurants use a considerable amount of energy, made up of lighting, cooking equipment, cooling and heating, and dishwashing. Much of this energy is excessive and can be avoided, saving costs. How can we identify energy waste in restaurants? One important tool is Real Time Energy Monitoring (RTEM). A comprehensive RTEM platform involves installing sensors circuit-level at the end-use of specific equipment, whether at individual breakers in an electrical panel or at a motor control center breaker, and recording consumption in real time. This data is then used to identify energy waste and provide guidance about how to reduce energy. Two Case Studies will show how up to 25% of a restaurant’s energy consumption can be identified as waste, and reduced with no-cost/low-cost adjustments

Presented By

Eric Oliver, P.E., C.E.M., LEED AP
Earthwide, LLC

Eric Oliver is the Founder of Earthwide, LLC, an Energy and Sustainability Master Planning Company in McLean, VA.  A passionate energy conservationist, Eric Oliver started his career with the federal government in EPA’s Energy Star Buildings Program..  Eric had also founded EMO Energy Solutions in 1998 to address the growing need for energy efficiency services and ran the Company for 19 years until 2017. With EMO, Eric was among the earliest practitioners of the LEED program, providing energy modeling, commissioning, and LEED consulting services in addition to energy auditing capabilities.  Mr. Oliver has conducted several dozen energy-training seminars, created energy awareness and education campaigns, and presented and moderated at several energy conferences. He has also work as a Director at 2RW Consultants and Vice President at InScope Innovation.

Mr. Oliver holds a Master’s degree in Building Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture from MIT. A licensed professional engineer in Virginia and Maryland, he is a former President of the National Capitol Chapter and national Secretary of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), has served on the Board of Directors of the National Capitol Region Chapter of the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC-NCR), and is a former Board Chairman of the Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN).