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Rebates Drive Projects

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At Greg Smith’s energy efficiency company in Tipp City, there’s a jobs boom underway.
“We’ve gone from one employee less than five years ago – me – to more than 40 employees,” Smith said.
At schools and other government buildings, workers from Smith’s business, Energy Optimizers, USA, conduct comprehensive building energy-efficiency retrofits. They install new temperature control systems, upgrade lighting, arrange power-purchase agreements with solar energy companies, etc.
Clients quickly realize financial benefits from these types of projects.

In south-central Ohio, for example, an $870,000 project at the Jackson City School District – which teaches 2,500 students at five schools – Energy Optimizers retrofits were expected to lower a $1 million energy bill by close to $140,000 annually. But savings ended up being much higher than that – almost $400,000 was saved after one year.
“If we can save a teacher’s salary or two by doing this, it makes sense,” Phil Howard, the district’s superintendent said, before the full savings from the retrofits were known.
Other successful projects Energy Optimizers has completed include: lighting retrofits at Barleycorn’s (a restaurant), the Dayton Children’s Hospital, and Aptalis Pharmaceuticals; and energy efficiency upgrades at Miami (Ohio) University and buildings owned by the City of Dayton.
Smart, state-level policies have helped Ohio’s economy become more energy efficient and create jobs. Smith said an efficiency standard requiring Ohio’s electric utilities to help customers save energy has been particularly helpful. The utilities offer incentives to “buy down” the cost of efficiency upgrades.
“The rebates are driving projects,” said Smith, who got his start in energy efficiency while working at Trane, the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning industry giant.
In addition to utility incentives, Smith has a tight business model. He guarantees buildings his company retrofits will hit projected energy savings – or Smith sends a check for the difference.
Politically, Smith identifies himself as a conservative.
“This is not what people think about when they think about conservatives,” he said. “But I think energy efficiency and renewable energy are important for conservatives and independents to take note of.”
Smith said promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy through legislation like Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard is in the country’s best interest, but that legislation was frozen in 2014, forcing renewable energy and energy efficiency companies to re-think Ohio investments.
In addition to ramping up the RPS in Ohio, Smith said strong implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan in Ohio and other Midwestern states is crucial to sending a strong, clear market signal that will attract innovative, growing companies – and their jobs.
“In my mind, this is the next Industrial Revolution,” Smith said.

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East Palestine Schools expects to save $56,500 annually through partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA

Tipp City, Ohio (November 14, 2014)—The East Palestine City School District expects to save more than $56,500 annually by partnering with Energy Optimizers, USA, to improve energy efficiency at all three of its school buildings.

Lighting, temperature controls and boiler upgrades will significantly reduce the district’s utility and related maintenance costs, freeing more dollars for student resources. Funding is provided through the Ohio School Facilities Commission’s House Bill 264 program, enabling the district to make these cost-cutting improvements at no expense to taxpayers. Projected energy savings are guaranteed, and the payback for the upgrades is just over 9 years.

“I am extremely excited about our partnership with Energy Optimizers for this HB 264 project,” said East Palestine City Schools Superintendent George Fisk. “In addition to benefitting the environment through reduced energy consumption, the savings from our project have been targeted to support increased reading and math achievement in grades K-12.”

In total, the project will involve:

Replacing interior lighting with more efficient lamps and removing unneeded lamps to cut waste
Replacing exterior lighting with LED technology to improve energy efficiency while enhancing building safety, appearance and security
Replacing dated boilers with more energy-efficient models
Installing smart kitchen exhaust and walk-in cooler/freezer controls to cut back on wasted electricity
Installing a main power surge protection to improve building safety and reliability
Extensively training district staff on how to make the most of the improved efficiencies.

The energy efficiency gained by the district will be equivalent to saving 42 acres of trees or taking 28 cars off the road.  The project is expected to begin in the near future and be wrapped up by the summer of 2015.

“When this project is completed, East Palestine Schools will be operating in a much more energy efficient fashion,” said Bob Hausmann, Director of Operations for Energy Optimizers, USA. “That’s good news for the environment, and even better news for students and taxpayers. Those are real dollars saved that can be diverted to other, more important uses, like classroom education.”

The partnership also includes the resources to launch a Green Team, an energy education effort that Energy Optimizers, USA promotes in all of its school-related energy conservation projects. In addition to funding the team for two years, Energy Optimizers, USA will provide Ohio Energy Project academic materials that are aligned to Ohio’s academic content standards. Green Team members will take part in STEM-related activities that are focused on energy conservation, while encouraging their peers to become more environmentally conscious.

About Energy Optimizers, USA

Energy Optimizers, USA works with Ohio school districts and government agencies 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 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 https://energyoptusa.com or call them at (937) 877-1919.





Lighting Optimizers Reduces Costs with Green Alternatives


Lighting Optimizers, USA provides a whole host of services that create savings for your organization including:

  • Lighting Audits and Engineering
  • Turn-Key Lighting Retrofit Solutions
  • Rebate & Tax Incentive Acquisition
  • Lighting Design Consultation
  • LED Technologies
  • Occupancy Sensors & Lighting Controls

Contact Lighting Optimizers today for more information:

Lighting Optimizers, USA
3800 Lightner Rd.
Vandalia, OH 45377, USA
Phone: (937) 877-1274
email: info@lightingoptusa.com


Oak Hill Union Local Schools Save Taxpayers $156,902 in One Year Through Energy Conservation Measures


TIPP CITY, Ohio, April 23, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Michael McCoy, Superintendent of Oak Hill Union Local Schools, is pleased to announce that the District has saved $156,902 during the first year after implementing an energy conservation project with Energy Optimizers, USA, a Tipp City, Ohio based company.

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