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Kettering City Schools saves more than $900,000 in utility costs over a three-year period through project with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Just three years after partnering with Energy Optimizers, USA, on an ambitious energy improvement project, Kettering City Schools has saved more than $900,000 in utility costs.

The district's energy performance for the period running March 1, 2016, through February 1, 2017, came in higher than estimated for the second year in a row. During this period, the district saved more than $317,000 in utility bills, far exceeding the initial projections of $193,000 in savings. Electric consumption was reduced by 17.9 percent and gas consumption was reduced by more than 29 percent. The savings are normalized, or adjusted to account for outliers in weather conditions and costs.

As a result of its tremendous energy performance, the district will receive a rebate of more than $461,000 from DP&L.

"We set out to invest in the best, most fiscally responsible energy conservation measures that we could, and clearly they are paying off," said Ken Lackey, director of business services for Kettering City Schools. "The projects we have partnered with Energy Optimizers, USA, on are enabling us to make smarter use of our utilities, which in turn makes for better investment of taxpayer dollars."

The project, which began in 2013, included interior and exterior lighting retrofits, districtwide controls commissioning, advanced energy management programming and Energy Star certifications. In 2016, the district tapped Energy Optimizers, USA, to install a 150kW solar photovoltaic system at Kettering Middle School. The system has produced 161,281kWh to date.

This year, the district overhauled its interior lighting with LED systems. In addition to producing a superior quality of light, the LEDs will deliver approximately $151,000 annually in electrical savings. The lights will likely save more after maintenance and operation costs are factored in because LEDs can last up to 20 years.

"Kettering City Schools' leaders have been tireless in their pursuit of measures for driving down utility costs to improve the bottom line," said Greg Smith, president of Energy Optimizers, USA. "The entire community should take pride in the creative and proven solutions the district has invested in. The district has set itself up as a leader in energy management, and it is working to the benefit of students, teachers and taxpayers."

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 is ranked in the Top 500 of INC. Magazine's list of 5,000 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 BBB Eclipse Integrity Award Finalist (2012). 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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Partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, enables Trotwood-Madison and Tri-Village schools to observe Earth Day every day

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Earth Day may be observed just one day a year, but Energy Optimizers, USA, is helping the Tri-Village and Trotwood-Madison school districts lead the charge on earth- and resource-friendly practices every day by sponsoring the districts' Green Teams.

Green Teams engage students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing energy savings and sustainability programs throughout their school districts. Energy Optimizers, USA, sponsors the teams at every school district where it completes a comprehensive energy conservation project.

"The Green Teams are about bringing the work we do with school districts full circle," said Greg Smith, president of Energy Optimizers, USA. "Our solutions enable school districts to conserve energy by replacing outdated electrical and HVAC systems with energy efficient alternatives. Then we help these districts create grassroots-level teams that are engaged in creating and leading long-term energy conservation and sustainability projects that all students can contribute to or learn from."

In the Tri-Village Schools district, Green Team students have been collecting plastic bags for recycling and distributing reusable bags in return. Students in grades 3-6 also recently completed a pill bottle recycling project. The students collected more than 730 bottles that they sent to Matthew 25: Ministries in Blue Ash, Ohio. The organization will then send those bottles to areas that need containers to transport and store medications.

"The project provided a very concrete example for students that one person's trash could be useful to someone else in need," said Josh Sagester, Superintendent, Tri-Village School District.

In Trotwood-Madison City Schools, the district's Green Team has set a goal to encourage recycling by placing collection boxes for recyclable items in classrooms. The district will also unveil a new community garden at its early learning center in 2017.

"With our community garden, students and our community members will be able to experience firsthand the relationship between a healthy planet and healthy bodies," said Marlon Howard, Director of Operations, Trotwood-Madison City Schools.

In addition to providing the materials and support to get the teams up and running, Energy Optimizers, USA, provides scholarships for participating students, an educational trip to The Ohio State University to build a district "Energy Bike" and numerous after-school activities.

For Smith, sponsoring Green Teams isn't just about instilling conservation-minded habits in school districts and their communities. Smith is also helping to shape the future of the industry. That's because the teams offer the additional benefit of exposing students to career pathways in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

"STEM careers in general and energy management careers in particular are high growth fields," said Smith. "Our hope is that by exposing students to these career options, they may take an interest in the field and perhaps one day work for us."

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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Partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, enables Oak Hills Local Schools to observe Earth Day every day

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Earth Day may be observed just one day a year, but Energy Optimizers, USA, is helping Oak Hills Local Schools lead the charge on earth- and resource-friendly practices every day by sponsoring the creation of Green Teams.

Green Teams engage students, staff and the community in developing, promoting and implementing energy savings and sustainability programs throughout their school districts. Energy Optimizers, USA, sponsors the teams at every school district where it completes a comprehensive energy conservation project.

"The Green Teams are about bringing the work we do with school districts full circle," said Greg Smith, president of Energy Optimizers, USA. "Our solutions enable school districts to conserve energy by replacing outdated electrical and HVAC systems with energy efficient alternatives. Then we help these districts create grassroots-level teams that are engaged in creating and leading long-term energy conservation and sustainability projects that all students can contribute to or learn from."

At Oak Hills Local Schools, the Green Team's efforts have resulted in a massive recycling project and district-wide energy savings efforts. The team started off the 2016-2017 school year by placing zero-waste tables in all of the district's cafeterias. The zero-waste tables will help each building minimize how much trash goes to the landfill by enabling students and staff to separate their waste into compost, recyclables and trash.

To improve the district's energy efficiency, the Green Team students crafted an email for staff educating them about energy conservation. The message explained that keeping classroom doors closed during the colder months improves the energy efficiency of the heating system. Following the release of the email, the percentage of doors closed rose from 75 percent to 84 percent.

"The Green Teams have been an asset to our schools, not just because they are engaging our students and staff in adopting sustainability principles, but also because they are giving our Green Team members a chance to take on leadership roles in our schools," said Jeff Brandt, Superintendent. "Our students have an opportunity to tackle real-world challenges and see the results of their efforts."

In addition to providing the materials and support to get the teams up and running, Energy Optimizers, USA, provides scholarships for participating students, an educational trip to The Ohio State University to build a district "Energy Bike" and numerous after-school activities.

For Smith, sponsoring Green Teams isn't just about instilling conservation-minded habits in school districts and their communities. Smith is also helping to shape the future of the industry. That's because the teams offer the additional benefit of exposing students to career pathways in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

"STEM careers in general and energy management careers in particular are high growth fields," said Smith. "Our hope is that by exposing students to these career options, they may take an interest in the field and perhaps one day work for us."

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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New Cooking App Teaches Kids, Parents and Families Recipes, Nutrition, Health and Wellness through Comics and Animation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Black Streak Entertainment, LLC has developed a new mobile cooking app that has changed the way kids and families cook, eat, and view food called the Black Streak Kitchen App. Through this app, the company publishes recipes in the form of comics featuring their original characters that teach kids, teens, parents and families about cooking, nutrition, world cultures, health and wellness.

"There is a need for our app and comics amongst American families and youth," says company CEO, Terry L Raimey. "Parents are cooking less and feeding their families more fast food and takeout. This, of course, has led to rising rates of obesity, type-2 diabetes, and hypertension in adults and even children. Black Streak Kitchen's goal is to teach kids and families how to cook delicious meals, and inform them of the nutritional benefits of the ingredients within each recipe presented."

Black Streak Kitchen accomplishes cooking and nutrition education through comics, animation and the company's free mobile app.

"Using comics and animation to teach cooking makes the information fun and easy to remember," says company President, Justin Raimey. "I'm the comics and animation artist, as well as the app designer, so it was important for me to make the artwork as fun and appealing as possible while keeping true to our message of culinary education, health and nutrition. Think of Black Streak Kitchen Comics as a cooking show, except, the recipes are being presented by comic book characters."

Justin and Terry have even recruited world-renowned celebrity chefs Ed Harris, Robert "Chef Stew" Stewart and Ethan Taylor to write recipes for Black Streak Kitchen Comics and present their recipes within the comics as Black Streak Kitchen Character Chefs.

Black Streak Kitchen Comics are available at https://www.blackstreakkitchen.com/comics/.

Download the free Black Streak Kitchen App from the iTunes App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/black-streak-kitchen/id1176571996?mt=8 -- and Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hr.apps.n207141271.

Follow us on Facebook @blackstreakkitchen and on Twitter @BStreakKitchen - https://twitter.com/BStreakKitchen.

About Black Streak Entertainment, LLC:

Black Streak Entertainment, LLC is an entertainment publishing company based in Youngstown, Ohio. It was founded by brothers Justin and Terry L Raimey to bring characters and storylines to pop culture that are relatable to youth of various cultures, skin tones and socio-economic backgrounds.

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Energy Optimizers, USA, receives AEP Most Savings Achieved in 2016 award

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- AEP Ohio has granted Energy Optimizers, USA, the Most Savings Achieved in 2016 award for the company's outstanding performance and contributions to AEP Ohio's energy efficiency programs.

As a member of AEP's Solution Provider Network, Energy Optimizers, USA, assists AEP Ohio business customers with making energy management upgrades and applying for incentives. Energy Optimizers, USA, uses AEP's prescriptive programs-including energy efficient upgrades to lighting, HVAC systems and refrigeration-along with the company's custom programs to achieve maximum rebate funds.

In 2016, those rebates added up to $550,000 for 45 AEP customers. The company's innovative solutions enabled its clients to realize more than 5 million kilowatt hours in energy savings.

"We are proud to be such a highly-recognized member of the AEP Solution Provider Network," said Greg Smith, president of Energy Optimizers, USA. "Our clients are largely funded by local and state tax dollars. We strive to make it easy for them to not only invest in the future with cost-cutting energy improvements, but to also benefit from all available tax incentives and rebate programs."

"This award confirms that our efforts are paying off where it counts-for our clients and their taxpayers," he added.

Julie Birchfield, customer outreach manager for Energy Optimizers, USA, noted that for many clients, the utility incentives make a program financially feasible.

"Energy efficiency offers a boost to the bottom line by reducing both immediate and long-term operational costs," Birchfield said. "Incentives like those offered by AEP make it easier for our clients to gain those bottom-line benefits by reducing the overall payback period. With the program in place, they can then realize all the nonfinancial rewards, such as serving as energy conservation leaders in their communities."

This is the first time that Energy Optimizers, USA, has received the award.

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.

* PHOTO CAPTION: In the photo - center (holding award) is Julie Birchfield, Customer Outreach Manager for EOU.

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Partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, nets Graham Local Schools more than $400,000 savings in utilities over three-year period

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Just three years after contracting with Energy Optimizers, USA, on a project to reduce energy usage and save taxpayer dollars, Graham Local Schools has far exceeded initial projections for energy savings.

The district expected to save $81,885 on utility costs per year over three years, for a total of $245,655. Actual savings over that period are $409,681. Electric consumption was reduced by 32.4 percent and gas consumption is down by 24.2 percent. The savings are normalized, or adjusted to account for outliers in weather conditions and costs.

"We knew going into this project that it was the right thing to do in terms of conserving both energy and taxpayer dollars," said Don Burley, Director of Operations for Graham Local Schools. "But we are floored by just how much we've been able to save. Better yet, the project has just about paid for itself in terms of savings. What better way to meet the needs of students than ensuring we are directing this money to the classrooms rather than the utility companies."

Completed in 2012, the $574,130 project included:
* Replacement of interior lighting with more energy-efficient lamps.
* Installation of exterior lighting controls to reduce wasted electricity.
* Installation of advanced energy management programming and HVAC controls to improve energy conservation.
* Upgrades to the water and air filtration systems.
* Installation of smart exhaust hoods on kitchen units.

The majority of the work was funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no additional expense to taxpayers while ensuring the guaranteed savings of the project are met or exceeded.

"Districts like Graham Local Schools are the reason why I founded Energy Optimizers, USA," said Greg Smith, president and CEO of Energy Optimizers, USA. "The administrative team and Board set out to do what's best for their students, their taxpayers and the environment. With a relatively small investment, they will see cost-reduction benefits for years to come. The results speak for themselves, and the entire community can be proud of the district's leadership."

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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Belamere Suites Hotel Wins 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Hotels

PERRYSBURG, Ohio -- Belamere Suites Hotel today announced it has been recognized as the overall winner in the Romance category of the 2017 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice(TM) awards for Hotels, ranking #1 in America. In the 15th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has highlighted the world's top properties based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from travelers around the globe. Winners were identified in the categories of Top Hotels, Luxury, Bargain, Small, Service, B&Bs and Inns, Romance and Family. The hallmarks of Travelers' Choice hotels winners are remarkable service, value and quality.

"Belamere Suites Hotel is proud to be recognized as TripAdvisor's Best romantic hotel in America. Our unique suites with their over the top amenities and careful attention to personal detail have given our couples memories to share with each other that will last them a lifetime. Thank you to all of our guests who have made it possible for us to be awarded this extraordinary recognition." - Belamere Suites Spokesman.

"For the past 15 years, TripAdvisor has relied on the experiences and opinions of our travel community that has explored thousands of hotels around the world to determine these celebrated awards," said Barbara Messing, TripAdvisor chief marketing officer. "Travelers planning their trips for 2017 can find inspiration for some of the best places to book from this diverse group of outstanding accommodations around the globe."

To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Belamere https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g50838-d308614-Reviews-Belamere_Suites-Perrysburg_Ohio.html.

For all 2017 Travelers' Choice Hotel winners, visit https://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels. Travelers can follow on Twitter at #travelerschoice.

About Belamere Suites:
Opened in 2003 with 18 suites in Ohio, Belamere Suites now offers 35 suites showcasing four suite styles: the Ultimate Jacuzzi Suite, a Presidential Pool Suite, a two-story Royal Pool Suite, and the two-story Grand Royal Pool Suite. Each Pool Suite includes a private, heated, indoor pool nestled in an expansive 1500 square feet of comfort and seclusion. All suites feature exclusive amenities from oversized Jacuzzi tubs, luxurious Bela-Beds(TM), and fireplaces to catered European breakfasts and a-la-carte comforts including spa services, roses, wine, and champagne. Belamere pledges to care for an uncommon set of values: for marriage, romance, our guests, and for the community; where couples feel all they have to bring is love.

About TripAdvisor:
TripAdvisor(R) is the world's largest travel site**, enabling travelers to unleash the potential of every trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 390 million average monthly unique visitors*, and reached 435 million reviews and opinions covering 6.8 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 49 markets worldwide.

*Source: TripAdvisor log files, average monthly unique visitors, Q3 2016.
**Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, July 2016.

More information: http://www.BelamereSuites.com/.

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Caption: Expansive rooms with inviting fireplaces designed to pamper and provide the ultimate comfort.

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Trotwood-Madison City Schools saves more than $260,000 after completing energy management project with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Trotwood-Madison City Schools has saved more than $266,000 on its energy costs just one year after completing a sweeping energy management project with Energy Optimizers, USA.

For the period running from October 1, 2015, to September 1, 2016, the district saved $266,134 on its electric and natural gas usage, beating projections by nearly $79,500. The savings are normalized, or adjusted to account for outliers in weather conditions and utility rates.

Electric usage is down by more than 30 percent and gas consumption by 20 percent following upgrades to the lighting, building controls and air filtration systems at all six of the district's buildings.

"When we launched this project in 2014, we did it with the clear intention of reducing our energy consumption so that we could better invest our dollars where they matter-in the classroom," said Janice Allen, Trotwood-Madison City Schools treasurer. "We are so pleased that our investment in the future is paying off even better than expected. We take tremendous pride in being fiscally conservative with our taxpayer dollars, and our students and community can take great pride in having top-of-the-line, high performance buildings."

In total, Energy Optimizers, USA:
* Replaced interior and exterior lighting with more efficient technology and installed occupancy sensors to reduce wasted electricity
* Installed advanced energy management controls to provide real-time, web-based monitoring and management of the district's HVAC systems
* Installed dynamic air filtration to improve indoor air quality and decrease maintenance- and energy-related costs
* Installed energy-saving features to the kitchen exhaust fans and coolers.

The majority of the work was funded through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission's House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make the improvements at no cost to taxpayers while ensuring the guaranteed savings of the project are met or exceeded.

The resources saved by upgrading the district's electrical and HVAC systems is equivalent to removing nearly 400 cars from the road or saving more than 575 acres of trees, noted Greg Smith, president of Energy Optimizers, USA.

"Trotwood-Madison City Schools is taking the lead in demonstrating how relatively simple improvements can have a large impact in a very short period," Smith said. "Because of its foresight of its leadership team and Board of Education, the district will continue to see benefits from these cost-saving enhancements for years to come."

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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Trimble Local Schools to see substantial savings through energy service agreement with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio -- Trimble Local Schools will soon see a substantial savings in its monthly utility bills following an agreement with Energy Optimizers, USA, to overhaul all lighting and improve the district's HVAC controls.

Energy Optimizers, USA, will replace existing lighting with energy-efficient LEDs, install occupancy sensors to reduce wasted electricity and make upgrades to the HVAC systems and controls.

The estimated $787,000 project is part of a 10-year energy service agreement that is expected to reduce the district's utility costs from $290,000 annually to $74,244 annually. The district will use the savings gained through its improved energy efficiency to pay for the project over a 10-year period. The savings are guaranteed by Energy Optimizers, USA.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our district to save costs while improving the learning environment," said Superintendent Scott Christman. "We will be able to make advanced upgrades to our classrooms that will improve the quality of lighting without having to divert capital from other projects. This is a win-win for our students and our taxpayers."

LED lighting uses an average of 60 percent less energy than the systems being replaced. Occupancy controls will further cut costs by reducing wasted electricity. The district will also save on hidden costs related to maintenance and warranty. LEDs can last up to 20 years, which translates into a measurable reduction in costs related to maintenance and equipment. Energy Optimizers, USA will service all retrofitted lighting systems for the life of the agreement, further saving the district time and money.

"Our goal is to make it easy and cost-effective for our clients to reduce their operating costs, conserve energy and improve their facilities," said Rusty Bookman, account executive for Energy Optimizers, USA. "Our lighting service agreements make it possible to immediately benefit from better lighting technology-and reduced installation and maintenance costs-without a cost to taxpayers."

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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