With summer vacations underway, many families are planning road trips where they can spend quality time together. Yet, when the car begins to make an unfamiliar knocking sound while you’re two states away from home, those plans can take you down an unwanted path. Reactive maintenance is never fun and most always costly -- both physically and emotionally. Your family is now restlessly crammed into the auto repair waiting room instead of playing at the beach; and your only option is to entrust the diagnosis and rush repair expense of your vehicle to an unfamiliar mechanic.


To a multi-site retailer, failure of a store’s HVAC equipment can play out similarly: the comfort inside a store is jeopardized and may send your customers to the competitor down the street; calling in a technician generally costs more than proactively maintaining equipment; and reactive, crises management is required to gain fast resolution. A PM plan could have minimized this. Despite this, there are numerous retailers who do not have or do not think they can afford a preventative maintenance program.  Learn more.


U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Demand Response
On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) authority to design rules and incentives for electricity customers to get paid for reducing consumption during periods of high electricity demand. Learn More.

Retailers are Rapidly Adopting Solar Energy

Retailers are rapidly adopting solar energy. ALDI, an industry-leading grocery retailer, is using the Site Controls™ EMS to monitor energy output and performance of their on-site solar panels. By installing solar panels on two California stores, Costco reported savings of $300 per day on average over three months. Learn more.

SUV Drivers Spend $0.71 for Each Mile Driven

In the United States, a driver of an SUV can expect to spend 71 cents for each mile driven, nearly $885 per month at 15,000 miles annually, to cover the fixed and variable costs (fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license and registration fees, taxes, depreciation and finance charges) associated with owning and operating a car in 2015.1


As an industry leader, Siemens is taking steps to cut its global carbon footprint in half by 2020 and to make global operations carbon neutral by 2030. Siemens will accomplish this by eliminating a vast majority of our carbon emissions, while also supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions outside of Siemens, known as carbon offsets. The company’s net CO2 emissions will be zero. Read more.

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