SPOKANE, Wash. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ecova, a total energy and sustainability management company, today announced its growing presence in the food sector is helping many of the country’s most popular and well-known establishments become more energy efficient while reducing operational costs.
Ecova is carving out a strong presence and reputation in the food sector. Current food industry clients represent 54 percent of casual dining restaurants and 35 percent of quick-serve establishments with more than 50 locations in North America – a reflection of a growing trend in the food service industry to reduce energy consumption and cost. Customers have been frequenting restaurant and fast food establishments less often since the economic downturn of 2008, so it is essential that restaurants control and reduce operational costs. Furthermore, restaurants are under greater pressure to act as environmentally responsible as possible.
“Identifying and reducing utility costs is an important part of the process when looking to decrease operational expenses, as utility bills are the third largest budget item for many companies,” said Seth Nesbitt, SVP and General Manager, Marketing & Technology, Ecova. “Ecova helps many clients in the food service industry recognize irregularities in billings, track their energy use trends, and identify opportunities for cost and energy use efficiencies. This results in significant savings that impact the bottom line and demonstrate environmental responsibility, which is increasingly important to consumers.”
“Partnering with Ecova has not only helped Shari’s reduce energy expenses and increase profits, but the results have had a positive impact on our brand. We are proud to be an environmentally responsible business, which our customers really appreciate and remember,” said Jodenne Scott, Director of Financial Support Services, Shari’s.
Ecova’s energy management solutions include Utility Expense & Data Management, Energy Supply Management and Sustainability Management. Ecova’s holistic approach has resulted in significant environmental and financial savings for its clients:
Ecova is the total energy and sustainability management company whose sole purpose is to see more, save more, and sustain more for its clients. Using insights based on consumption, cost and carbon footprint data spanning thousands of utilities, hundreds of thousands of business sites and millions of households, Ecova provides fully managed, technology-optimized solutions for saving resources, which in turn increase returns, lower risks, and enhance reputations. Ecova is the largest non-regulated subsidiary of Avista Corp (NYSE: AVA and avistacorp.com). For more information, visit the company’s website at ecova.com, on LinkedIn at linkd.in/ecovainc, or follow Ecova on Twitter at @ecovainc.