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Shaner Hotel Group Selects Energy Eye™ to Control
Rising Energy Costs,  Increase Guest Satisfaction
Wireless, RF energy-management system requires no wiring and no downtime
for installation; EE to be installed in eight Shaner Hotels within next six months
ROCHESTER HILLS, MICH. — NOVEMBER 14, 2005 —Shaner Hotel Group (SHG), one of the nation’s top hotel management companies based in State College, Penn., has selected  Energy Eye™ as its exclusive energy-management system provider. 
Energy Eye™ is a new, affordable, standalone Wireless Radio Frequency EMS that maintains guest satisfaction while reducing room electricity expenses. The system will be on display Nov. 13 – Nov. 15 in Booth No. 3178 at the Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York during the International Hotel/Motel & Restaurant Show.
“Rising energy costs are a constant problem for hotel owners, and in order to remain strong in market we need to do all we can to be more efficient,” said Lance Shaner, Chairman and CEO of Shaner Hotel Group. “Energy Eye™ is the absolute best energy-management system that I’ve seen in quite some time. Their support team is superb, they are knowledgeable and responsive, and the payback from the system—based on rising energy costs—is less than three years.”
Shaner said his hotels have used several competitive energy-management systems in the past, and each involved numerous customer complaints regarding system reliability, functionality and ease of use. 
“Energy Eye™ is reliable and our guests are extremely satisfied,” Shaner said. “We tested the system eight months ago at one hotel and we were impressed with the energy savings and the systems’ efficiency. We expect to expand our relationship and install Energy Eye™ in five to eight hotels over the next six months. If the result is as successful as we anticipate it to be, we will plan to introduce Energy Eye™ to our complete portfolio of 23 hotels representing 4,000 guestrooms.”
Matthew Mrowczynski, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Energy Eye™, said he is thrilled to be in partnership with the Shaner Hotel Group.
“Shaner is one of the most successful owner/operators of hotels in our industry,” Mrowczynski said. “To be in partnership with this group of highly respected management professionals is a true testament to the Energy Eye™ product. Shaner has a genuine concern for its guests and its employees, and it expects nothing less than quality for its hotels—and that’s exactly what Energy Eye™ provides.”
Energy Eye™ uses a combination of advanced Passive Infrared (PIR) Sensors and Wireless technologies to independently control room Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) temperatures while occupants are not in their guestrooms. 
“We can install our components in same time as takes a housekeeper to make a room ready,” Mrowczynski said. “Guestrooms will be available for rent daily, without losing any revenues. It’s simple to set up and requires no software or computer. It’s completely worry-free.”
Solving Problems, Satisfying Guests

One problem Shaner said his hotels were experiencing was keeping room temperature to a comfortable level when guests were in their rooms. Because the Energy Eye™ System is capable of detecting whether or not a guestroom is occupied (through information transmitted to the HVAC Control Module by a Passive Infrared Detector and Micro Door Sensor), that problem is now eliminated.
“When a guest is in his or her room, Energy Eye™ gives our guests complete control over all temperature settings,” Shaner said. “Even more important, when guests are sleeping, the system doesn’t automatically turn off. Instead, once a guest enters the room, Energy Eye™ considers the room ‘occupied’ and therefore keeps control in the hands of our guests. That way everyone is happy, and everyone can sleep comfortably.”
Hotels interested in learning more about the Energy Eye™ System can visit or call Matt Mrowczynski at (248) 656-3800 direct or (248) 818-0669, cell phone.
About Energy Eye™
Energy Eye™ is a privately held corporation founded in 2001 as a result of the worldwide power crisis and the increased demand from the hospitality industry for simple energy-saving solutions. Energy Eye™ is establishing itself as a leader in energy management solutions through design, manufacturing, and distribution of its wholly owned Energy Eye™ wireless energy saving devices and related products.
About Shaner Hotel Group
Shaner Hotel Group, founded by Lance and Fred Shaner in 1983, owns and/or operates hotels and conference/convention centers in 15 states, and specializes in buying, developing, re-positioning and re-branding hotel properties. Shaner has additional Marriott branded hotels currently under construction in State College, Penn., Mechanicsburg, Penn., St. Augustine, Fla., and Augusta, Ga.  Additionally, Shaner Hotel Group offers full management services to independent hotel owners and currently provides accounting services to nearly 20 hotels outside its own portfolio.


Matthew Mrowczynski
Executive Vice President
Sales & Marketing
Tel: (248) 656-3800

Also See: Energy-Eye™ Brings Affordable Wireless, RF Energy-Management to Hospitality / October 2005

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