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Site Controls Offers Self-Funding, Pay-As-You-Go Energy Management Service Package

BY CSA STAFF

Site Controls, Austin, Texas, has announced the availability of its Energy Management Service Agreement (EMSA), which bundles a comprehensive set of energy management products from Site Controls into a single-services package with low monthly payments. The EMSA program allows retailers and financial institutions to conserve capital while benefiting from immediate cost reductions through lower energy and maintenance bills. With a tightening credit market, the program is expected to make it easier for chain retailers and bank branches to benefit from energy management technologies.

Unlike traditional purchase agreements, there are no upfront or back-end charges, and all facilities-automation services are combined into a single monthly service fee which is paid for through hard savings. This model helps to improve budgeting and forecasting, and frees up investment capital for other uses—all while allowing retailers and bank branches to eliminate wasted energy, keep customers comfortable and reduce their carbon footprint.

The EMSA program features a comprehensive set of services:

Site-Command Energy Management System (EMS): Industry-leading EMS equipment that monitors and controls HVAC, lighting, refrigeration and signage;

Installation Services: Site Controls-trained technicians ensure non-intrusive, professional and timely equipment installation;

Extended Warranty: Parts and labor warranty on Site-Command equipment throughout the service term;

Data Center: Enterprise-level hosted data center easily accessible via a web browser or smartphone;

24/7 Call Center: Toll-free help desk support to respond to calls from stores or corporate office personnel;

Intelligent Load Management: Provides customers cash payments for participation in utility-sponsored programs; and

Program Management: Technical and management resources to optimize utility and maintenance decision-making

For more information about Site Controls’ EMSA program or about its family of Site-Command facility automation solutions, contact [email protected].

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From The Boston Herald: Granoff out as Tweeter ceo

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BOSTON The Boston Herald reported that Tweeter Newco ceo George Granoff has left the company, apparently after a disagreement with its New York investment firm owner.

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CEA: Consumer electronics top holiday wish lists

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ARLINGTON, Va. Consumer electronics products continue to top the holiday wish lists of adults and teens, resulting in 3.5% projected growth in fourth quarter industry shipments over last year, according to new research released today by the Consumer Electronics Association.

Consumer electronics comprise four of the top 10 items on adults holiday gift wish lists, with computers coming in second behind peace and happiness. Televisions, video game systems and cell phones also made the top 10. Nearly 80% of adults expressed interest in receiving a consumer electronics product as a gift this holiday season, an increase of four points from last year. Meanwhile, 84% of teens want to receive a CE product this year, up eight percent from 2007. The most popular CE products for teens this holiday are computers, video game consoles, portable mp3 players and cell phones.

There remains a robust desire for consumer electronics and this category continues to be the bright light during these dark economic times, said Tim Herbert, CEAs senior director of market research. CE devices have become integrated into the everyday lives of consumers. No matter what your current economic situation, you can find a CE product to fit any holiday budget. 

Consumers plan on spending a total of $1,437 this holiday season on everything from gifts to food to decorations. That number is down nearly $200 from last year as consumers cite cost of living increases and economic concerns as reasons for cutting back. While consumers are planning to spend less this holiday season, theyre actually preparing to spend more on consumer electronics. Twenty-eight percent of the total holiday budget is being allocated for CE purchases, an increase of six percent from last holiday.

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