Madhu kindly takes us to one of 75F’s most recent clients just down the street in Eagan, Amazing Lash. It’s a building that enjoys direct south facing sun -- heating up the entryway and sitting room to toasty levels, but leaving the back application rooms where clients have eyelashes applied, cool. This commercial building’s temperature imbalance required the special attention and services of 75F.
75F has designed an energy management and building automation solution that works with existing HVAC infrastructure which immediately starts saving people money by reducing energy costs by up to 50 percent. It also increases indoor air quality and the comfort of every room in your building, with outside air optimization and dynamic airflow balancing. Essentially, the system uses fresh, cool, outdoor air for “free air cooling” instead of using energy to condition the inside air. The system also delivers fresh oxygen-rich air to keep CO2 levels low and healthy for the people inside the building.
And to top it all off, the system is easy to install -- so easy in fact, they advertise that it can be done by elementary students.
This smart node works so efficiently because of people like Madhu -- who have spent considerable time teaching it to respond to millions of different heating and cooling situations.
“You feel a sense of pride knowing that at the end of the day, you're doing something that's going to be helpful further down the road -- not just keeping your consumers happy by keeping them comfortable, but you’re also meeting the energy needs and helping people be more energy efficient,” he says.
Madhu’s passion is shared by nearly everyone at 75F. He tells us that passion was one of the first things he noticed after he started working here.
“If you really think about it, what we’re doing helps the environment and that’s really what matters,” he says. “I’m really happy that this is a sector that’s growing rapidly and I hope the number of people currently employed in the energy efficiency sector in Minnesota just continues to increase.”
Madhu is one of more than 49,000 Minnesotans working in the energy efficiency sector. Energy efficiency makes up 86 percent of the state’s clean energy workforce, according to the 2017 Clean Jobs Midwest Report.