Domino's Pizza USA
Domino's Pizza USA, across their 80+ locations, has slashed their electric bill by roughly $55,000 per year. By year 10, they'll have recouped over $500,000 in profits that otherwise would've been spent on energy use.
In 2011, in conjunction with the New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP), Domino’s Pizza Team USA initiated an energy-efficiency pilot program at five of their locations in northern New Jersey. One of the areas of their operations they were looking at was their refrigeration. This included walk-in coolers and freezers, as well as their beverage coolers. One of the criteria most important to the decision makers at Team USA was a quick and hassle-free installation of efficiency measures. If the pilot program was successful, they had a desire to roll out the program on a larger scale throughout the restaurant chain.
First and foremost, NRM provided the type of true turnkey installation that Team USA wanted. In the pilot program, NRM implemented their solution with no impact on the five locations’ business operations—the stores didn‘t even need to close during the installation! And the duties were performed by in-house, licensed electricians.
In 2012, after the success of the initial program, Team USA signed up four additional New Jersey locations, and began a program in Maryland with 34 locations. Both NJCEP and Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE) offered incentives up to 70% of the total project costs. This meant each of the locations averaged a payback period of less than one year. Since then, the program has extended to a total of 89 Domino Pizza restaurants.
NRM upgraded the refrigeration equipment with high-efficiency retrofits that included smart controls, EC motors, a timed system shutdown button, anti-sweat door heater controls, and on-demand defrost. The controls, which optimize the system’s runtimes based on space conditions and preset, custom cooling requirements, were able to reduce overall operation by as much as 60% in some locations.
Overall, these improvements recoup about 385,000 kWh (or roughly $55,000) annually for Team USA.
Pizza Chain Restaurant
89 Different Locations
- CoolTrol refrigeration controls
- EC Motor Upgrades
- On-Demand Electric Defrost
- Anti-Sweat Door Heater controls
- Novelty Cooler night setbacks
70% of Project Cost
Annual Energy Savings
Annual Dollar Savings
"We are pleased to have partnered with NRM as they can offer unique measures that fit the requirements for many utility incentive programs nationwide. While the programs can vary in their incentives, NRM always provides the same turnkey solution and high level of customer service no matter where they have to go."
— Tobin Northway, Domino’s Pizza USA