Since opening its doors in the mid 1990s, The U.S.S. Chowder Pot III has become a Branford, Connecticut, institution—adored by locals and tourists alike for its fine food and popular bar. Recently, long-term chef John Bencivengo Jr. purchased the business. With Connecticut’s electricity costs among the highest in the nation, one of the first challenges Bencivengo faced as owner was finding a way to reign in utility costs so that Chowder Pot could continue to deliver exceptional value while also lowering operating expenses and reducing its carbon footprint.
By partnering with JouleSmart, the restaurant was able to put its premises to work for its business with an intelligent building solution designed, implemented, maintained, and managed by JouleSmart—with no upfront capital expenditure or project planning on the part of Chowder Pot.
That solution consists of the following:
Sensors and controls (including a real-time power meter) that monitor occupancy and temperature, send alerts, and take action to improve humidity, reduce energy use, and extend equipment life
Modernized heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment and LED lighting systems to create a comfortable and inviting environment for employees and customers
A cellular gateway and wireless network
A cloud server for accessible data storage
A centralized building management system that uses proprietary software and a customized master control panel to serve as the brains for the environment
Five years of Active Oversight—in which JouleSmart acts as an outsourced facility manager, continuously monitoring the building’s performance to extend its life and maximize Chowder Pot’s profits