GSE Provided a Leader in the Quick Service Restaurant Industry with 16% in Energy Savings by Improving Operational Efficiency Across Hundreds of Stores.

Our client was struggling with operational inefficiency problems across their restaurant chains. Their franchises were facing rising energy costs and an increase in food waste.

Unsure of where to begin, this leader in the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry reached out to GSE for support.

They needed a system that would not only maximize efficient energy use, but also achieve at least 5% in energy savings, all while adapting to the daily rigors of the QSR industry.

The Situation

HVAC units were not meeting targeted supply temperatures and the doors to walk-in coolers and freezers were being left open for too long, or were being manually shut off by employees too frequently, resulting in increased food waste.

The Solution

With the help of our state-of-the-art Viridis hardware, the GSE 24/7 Data Assessment Center, and our team of highly-skilled engineers, we designed a service model that specifically catered to the needs of our client:

Key information gleaned from Viridis was assessed by a GSE engineer who specializes in HVAC and refrigeration.
The data was immediately relayed to our client’s maintenance team and continuous follow-up was provided, resulting in 35% of AC equipment, across restaurants, moving into the targeted supply temperature range.
Thanks to the 24/7 Data Assessment Center, GSE was able to identify the top 3 reasons why walk-in freezers were being manually turned off by restaurant personnel which led to an 86% reduction in walk-in freezer, door-open times.

GSE received notification each time a walk-in freezer was manually shut off, enabling us to call store managers immediately, avoiding prolonged shut-offs and potential food spoilage costs.

When the refrigerant line in a critical walk-in freezer was leaking, the persistence and constant monitoring of equipment by our highly-skilled engineers, led to a speedy resolution to the problem, potentially saving our client hundreds of dollars in food waste.

Our monitoring center provided our client with the cost of extended lighting time across their restaurants, which exceeded $20,000 in one year alone.

The Success

Within just one year of working with GSE, our client maximized their HVAC performance, reduced their walk-in freezer door-open times, and improved operational efficiency across their hundreds of quick service restaurants.

Annual energy savings per store: $3,808​