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PIZZA HUT SAVE 15% The installation by Aimteq of WEMS wireless BEMS (Building Energy


Management Systems) at 60 Pizza Hut Restaurants across the UK has led to a significant reduction in energy consumption.


The first 51 stores to install this advanced technology, attained an average reduction in energy consumption of around 15% (1,259,629 kWh), equating to a financial saving of over £125,000. Pizza Hut Restaurants, which plans to fit all of its UK restaurants with the technology, says it will reinvest the savings accrued into further energy-based initiatives.


“If the light level falls by a pre-agreed percentage (in this case, 45%), the lights come on.”


The process to embrace better energy management started in 2012 when a change of ownership prompted new investment in the restaurants. As a business, the company became aware that considerable savings could be achieved by installing BEMS


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technology, and put in place a plan to upgrade all of its restaurants.


SELECTION PROCESS “In the first instance we undertook


thorough research into the best solution, including contacting peers from the Restaurant Managers Energy Forum,” says Alex Wells, Energy Manager at Pizza Hut Restaurants. “Another major restaurant chain recommended WEMS technology, saying it had benefitted their business.”


Determined to make a comprehensive assessment of potential solutions, the company undertook a tender process and performed a pilot study at three restaurants, using various different companies. Aimteq won the contract for a trio of principal reasons.


“Firstly, the value for money and long-term savings offered by using wireless technology from WEMS


made for a very attractive proposal,” says Ms Wells. “Furthermore, Aimteq’s bureau/helpdesk service offers fantastic customer service, and importantly, operates 24/7; longer than any of the bureau services we researched. Our restaurants are open until 23:00 and they need the helpdesk to be open to deal with any issues. Another reason for selecting Aimteq was the robust nature of the technology.”


BUREAU SERVICE The front end of the BEMS installed


at each Pizza Hut restaurant is completely controlled by the Aimteq bureau service. However, staff can ring the helpdesk if they want something changed, which takes place immediately.


“The bureau service is excellent – great communication,” confirms Ms Wells. “You get through to a real


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