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Eight Oak Hills Local Schools buildings attain Energy Star ratings with assistance from Energy Optimizers, USA and Four Seasons Environmental

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Eight Oak Hills Local Schools buildings have attained the highly coveted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification with the assistance of Energy Optimizers, USA.

The certifications are a tremendous achievement for the district, making more than 60 percent of its properties Energy Star rated. Energy Star certified buildings and plants perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide. On average, these buildings use 35 percent less energy, generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and are less expensive to operate than similar buildings.

"The certifications serve as a proof of concept that the investments we have made to reduce our utility demand are paying off," said Superintendent Jeff Brandt. "This is a third-party verification that we are headed in the right direction."

To be eligible for Energy Star certification, a building must attain a score of 75 or higher on the EPA's energy performance scale. Most of the district's buildings far exceeded this threshold, with J.F. Dulles Elementary School earning a rating of 99.

The other buildings to achieve Energy Star certification and their ratings were:
* Delshire Elementary School
* C.O. Harrison Elementary School
* Bridgetown Middle School
* Oakdale Elementary School
* Springmyer Elementary School
* Oak Hills High School
* Delhi Middle School.

Energy Optimizers, USA, partnered with Monroe-based Four Seasons Environmental, Inc., to verify the buildings' energy performance.

The certifications come a little more than a year after the district completed an energy management project with Energy Optimizers, USA. The $4 million project improved the control and reliability of the district's HVAC and lighting systems while significantly reducing operational costs.

"With these certifications, Oak Hills Local Schools is joining an elite group of property owners that are truly the best of the best in terms of promoting cost-effective and responsible energy use in their facilities," said Energy Optimizers, USA President Greg Smith. "This is a district that is clearly committed to making the best use of both natural and financial resources in terms of building operations. That is something the entire community can get behind."

As part of the energy management project, Energy Optimizers, USA, also provided funding to launch a district-wide Green Team. The Green Team involves students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing energy savings and sustainability programs throughout their school districts. The team was instrumental in installing zero-waste tables in all the district's cafeterias. Members of the team have also attended the Ohio Energy Project Leadership Summit and participated in the AEGIS Energy Bike program.

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs. The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition in 2016.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them

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Trotwood-Madison City Schools secures Energy Star rating for two schools with assistance from Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Two elementary schools in the Trotwood-Madison City Schools district have attained the highly sought-after U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification with the assistance of Energy Optimizers, USA.

The schools, Madison Park Elementary and Westbrooke Village Elementary, join an elite group of high performing facilities. Energy Star certified buildings and plants perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide. On average, these buildings use 35 percent less energy, generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and are less expensive to operate than similar buildings.

"In setting out to make our district more energy efficient, we wanted to save taxpayer dollars and serve as a leader in energy conservation," said Trotwood-Madison City Schools Superintendent Kevin Bell. "Attaining Energy Star certification highlights our commitment to secure a better future for our students and our community. We couldn't have done this without Energy Optimizers, USA."

To be eligible for Energy Star certification, a building must attain a score of 75 or higher on the EPA's energy performance scale. Both elementary schools exceeded the requirements, with Madison Park Elementary earning a rating of 87 and Westbrooke Village Elementary earning a rating of 83.

The certification is the result of a district-wide upgrade to lighting and HVAC systems that Trotwood Schools completed in September 2015.

The district partnered with Energy Optimizers, USA, to:

* Replace all existing lighting with more energy-efficient systems
* Install occupancy controls to cut wasted electricity
* Install energy-saving features in the air filtration and kitchen equipment systems
* Integrate the buildings' controls into a web-based system.

To date, the upgrades have saved the district more than $266,000 on electrical and gas utilities.

As part of the project, Energy Optimizers, USA, compared each building's utility bills before and after the project. The company then used this information to assign each building a score using the EPA's energy performance scale. The study showed that the energy conservation project significantly reduced the amount of energy needed to operate both Madison Park and Westbrooke schools.

"Attaining an Energy Star rating from the EPA is a noteworthy accomplishment for the district and its residents," said Energy Optimizers, USA President Greg Smith. "This is a third-party endorsement that the district's efforts to get the highest level of performance from its buildings-and make responsible use of taxpayer dollars-are paying off. We are so pleased to have the opportunity to work with such forward-looking leaders."

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs.

The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal Best Places To Work competition in 2016. To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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Two New Richmond Schools attain Energy Star rating with assistance from Energy Optimizers, USA and SHP Leading Design

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Two elementary schools in the New Richmond Exempted Village School District have received recognition as energy all-stars after attaining the coveted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification with the assistance of Energy Optimizers, USA and SHP Leading Design.

The certification places Locust Corner Elementary and New Richmond Elementary Schools in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for meeting strict energy efficiency performance levels. Buildings that earn the EPA's Energy Star rating use 35 percent less energy and generate 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions than similar buildings.

"This is a tremendous honor for our schools and our community," said Adam Bird, superintendent of New Richmond Schools. "We set out to make our buildings more energy efficient, to make our classrooms more comfortable and conducive to learning, and to make better use of our dollars by reducing our operational expenses. The Energy Star certification reinforces that we made the right decisions for our students, our community and our future."

The certification follows a major upgrade to the District's lighting, HVAC and controls systems in partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, and SHP Leading Design.

The project, which was launched in May 2013 and completed in January 2015, included:
* Replacement of all existing lighting with more energy-efficient systems
* Energy-efficient upgrades to the District's mechanical equipment
* Integration of the buildings' controls into a web-based system
* Energy education program, engaging students in energy efficiency and environmentally friendly activities.

As part of the project, Energy Optimizers, USA, compared each building's utility bills before and after the project. The company then used this information to assign each building a score using the EPA's Energy Star energy performance scale.

The study showed that the energy conservation project significantly reduced the amount of energy needed to operate the two elementary schools:
* Locust Corner Elementary
o Baseline Energy Star Rating - 61
o Post-Project Energy Star Rating - 89
* New Richmond Elementary
o Baseline Energy Star - 38
o Post-Project Energy Star - 83.

A building must attain a score of 75 or higher on EPA's 1-100 scale may be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification.

"We are so pleased to have partnered with New Richmond Schools on this journey," said Belinda Kenley, vice president of Energy Optimizers, USA. "Not only is the District's Administration and Board investing in smarter energy solutions for the District, they are setting a standard for high performance and energy conservation that the entire region will take note of."

About Energy Optimizers, USA:

Energy Optimizers, USA works with educational, governmental, commercial and industrial customers to implement energy savings opportunities to reduce operational costs, including lighting retrofits, renewable energy projects (wind and solar), HVAC retrofit projects, building automation retrofits and energy education programs.

The company was named to the INC. Magazine Top 500 list of fastest growing companies in the U.S. (2014), was named the Fastest Growing Company in the region for two consecutive years by the Dayton Business Journal (2013, 2014), and was named a finalist in the Dayton Business Journal "Best Places To Work" competition in 2016.

To learn more about Energy Optimizers, USA, visit their website at http://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.

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