EnTouch Controls' CEO has given a lot of presentations during his career, but speaking to potential investors from a stage in Hanger 2 of Moffett Field in San Francisco, one of the world’s largest freestanding wood buildings is one talk he'll remember for a long time.
Not only is the building a marvel of engineering and construction – built to house pre World War II blimps– but there were also amazing things going on inside. One of the highlights of the Solvay Innovation Day was the kick off of the Solar Impulse around the world flight. Solar Impulse is a solar-powered plane that is attempting to fly around the world using only the sun as an energy source.
Our CEO was even able to meet Bertrand Piccard, an amazing thinker and the instigator of the Solar Impulse project.
But attending Solar Innovation Day for us was about sharing the impact that EnTouch Controls can have right here and now by helping small businesses like restaurants and retailers – become more energy efficient.
I’ve estimated that these businesses waste more than $3.8 billion because they rely on “human automation.” That is, counting on people to properly adjust the thermostat, keep it secure, to call when there’s a problem or to be able to parse the electricity bill to determine how to save money.
The problem with this solution is that people run out of time, and the tools – especially to track wasted electricity – don’t provide the right information.
At EnTouch, we’re leading the way in using wireless connectivity and Cloud computing technology to make energy automation effective and affordable.
But in the spirit of Bertrand Piccard, we also want to make an impact. If just 10% of restaurants and retail stores would move in this direction, it's estimated that we would save 5.8 million megawatt hours and 8.8 million barrels of oil, which would eliminate 3.8 million tons of CO2 from the atmosphere.
Energy efficiency provides such a good payback that it becomes a win-win way to conserve to save our environment. It gives companies like Solar Impulse some breathing room to come up with the next great energy innovation.