Case StudyJack in the Box
Founded in 1951, Jack in the Box Inc. is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants.
Customized alertsStay one step ahead
Know when issues arise and resolve them before they become costly problems.
Mobile AppControl everywhere from anywhere
Gives you access and control over each and every thermostat, no matter where you are.
Reliable DataA closer look at your energy usage
Data access at your fingertips so you take actions and adjust your settings.
“The ecobee installation was a fast and straightforward process. The smart thermostat and the option to adjust temperature from the app or online has helped save time.”
— Sheila, Office Manager, Ibrahim Investment Corp.
ChallengeA balancing act
Ibrahim Investment Corp. runs 29 Jack in the Box locations. Restaurants present a unique challenge for heating and cooling: With the old thermostats, HVAC service technicians were frequently called in to change the temperature for uncomfortable employees, or reconfigure tampered settings. This was both costly and time consuming.
Employees were also struggling to monitor the temperature inside the freezers. Temperature increases often happened without warning, leaving employees no choice but to perform manual equipment check-ins. However, this was far from foolproof.
ApproachOptimize for comfort and freshness
Multiple issues don’t necessarily require multiple solutions. ecobee SmartBuildings could optimize for employees’ and patrons’ comfort as scheduled, and automatically lower energy use during off-hours.
The EMS Si smart thermostat also works with sensors that could remotely monitor the freezer temperature, which could be configured to send alerts if temperatures reached a threshold.
ResultsA little hindsight goes a long way
The pilot was hugely successful. SmartBuildings saved an average of $500 on maintenance costs per month, in addition to $10,000-15,000 in inventory.
Because of the scheduling features, employees no longer had to manage the restaurant thermostat manually. Customized alerts from the freezer sensors saved Jack in the Box tens of thousands in perishable goods.
SmartBuildings’ remote diagnostics and reporting tools also provided greater visibility. Staff could now troubleshoot smaller issues before they required professional assistance, saving the location a monthly average of $500 on HVAC service expenses.