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How 600 new bulbs are changing life and costs in this Clark State building

Two and a half months and 600 bulbs later, brighter days are ahead at Clark State Community College’s Springfield campus.

Clark State recently partnered with Energy Optimizers out of Troy to install LED lights inside and outside of Shull Hall, one of the campus’ buildings.

LED (light emitting diode) products produce light approximately 90 percent more efficiently than incandescent light bulbs.

The college noted the change will improve the classroom experience while being environmentally friendly.

Read more at the Springfield News-Sun…

Internet of Things (IoT)

How IoT Sensors Can Boost Your School’s Energy Efficiency (Part 2)

Your Choice of IoT Sensors

There are a number of smart IoT (Internet of Things) sensors that can be incorporated into your energy saving smart system, each of them with their own set of pros and cons allowing you to choose or combine them for the best use in your institution. Because working in an office-like setting often involves holding still for long periods of time, motion sensors are mostly useful in hallways, however, they can also be placed at doors to keep a count on the number of people who have entered or left a building or floor. Heat sensors, on the other hand, are able to track the heat signatures of even stationary people who could be grading papers or taking tests but the sensors.

Employee Badge Sensors

Of course, for everyone with an employee badge, IoT has yet another solution. Badges that emit a small signal can tell you exactly where each staff member or visitor is in the building. With this setup, all you need are sensors that can detect the badges themselves in order to create programs that are both cool and energy efficient like light groups that turn on and off as employees move through the building or doors that only unlock for authorized badges. Even your HVAC system can become absolutely responsive, switching itself on when an employee remains on a floor for more than ten minutes or, alternatively, at the press of a button for those with authorized access. With IoT badges, you can not only track the comings and goings of known staff members but the locations of visitors and maybe even students as well.

Power Consumption Sensors

Of course, the lights and HVAC system aren’t the only power consumers in your company, just the most profound. Everything from the coffee pot in the teacher’s lounge to the industrial-sized printers could be creating undetected energy drains that, combined, could significantly contribute to your energy costs. Fortunately, the IoT has yet another answer. Small sensors that can be clipped onto power cords can not only give you a live feed on appliance energy consumption, they can also be used to remotely switch these items on and off in the same way the lights and the HVAC system work, allowing you to save energy by turning off your appliances without having to walk from room to room hitting dozens of individual switches.

Whether you choose to control each light and appliance individually or group them into easy-to-control room units, IoT remote control is the new wave of energy efficiency through ultimate responsiveness. You can monitor their consumption, control them by hand, or allow the sensors to do their thing and turn everything on and off when approached or left by active employees. This means no more lights on over the weekend, no more wasted heating or cooling when nobody is in the building, and no more well-meaning but inconvenient timer systems. When every power switch from the lights to the classroom projectors can be controlled from a central location, mobile devices, and by local sensors, you’ll forget to even consider your light switches until the next significantly lighter power bill comes in.

While the IoT revolution may have come about in an effort to create a world of convenience, it has achieved something much more impactful. Through the simple act of remote control, grouping, and programmable responsiveness, incorporating IoT sensors and control into your school lights, HVAC, and appliances you have the opportunity to save energy both in large blocks and from moment to moment as items turn themselves off when floors and even individual rooms go temporarily out of use.

For more interesting, useful, and innovative advice or a consultation on viable energy efficient strategies for your school, contact us today!


Elmwood Local Schools partners with Energy Optimizers, USA on energy improvement project

Tipp City, Ohio (March 28, 2018)—Elmwood Local Schools expects to save $63,792 annually by partnering with Energy Optimizers, USA, to upgrade the district’s lighting systems to energy-efficient LEDs.

The interior lighting of the district’s K-12 building will be retrofitted with LEDs, as will the interior and exterior lighting of the Community Center. The project will include a 10-year material warranty on the lighting systems.

The changeover will deliver immediate savings to the district. LED lighting uses an average of 60 percent less energy than the systems being replaced. It also lasts five times longer than traditional systems, which will reduce long-term operations and maintenance costs. Also, the lighting puts out less heat, which will help keep cooling bills in check during warmer months.

In return for improving its energy efficiency, the district is expected to receive more than $30,000 in incentives from the Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative.

“In our district, we strive to balance fiscal conservativism with a rich selection of academic and extracurricular opportunities for our students,” said Superintendent Tony Borton. “This project will support both of those objectives while creating classroom environments that are more conducive for learning.”

LED lighting’s benefits extend well beyond energy conservation. LEDs do not have the hum and flicker associated with fluorescent lighting, making it an ideal lighting system for special needs classrooms. The quality of light is also close to natural sunlight, which will be welcomed students and members of the community center alike.

“Making the switch to state-of-the-art LED lighting systems is a commonsense strategy that provides school districts with more control over their budgets,” noted Greg Smith, Energy Optimizers, USA president. “Directing more taxpayer dollars toward the classroom and Community Center amenities, rather than the local utility, works to the benefit of the district’s students, staff, and community alike.”


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.


Ohio Association of School Business Officials (OASBO) 62nd Annual Workshop & Trade Show

Make your mark at OASBO’s 62nd Annual Workshop and Trade Show, April 17-20!


Thursday 04.19
4:15 pm – 5:15 pm

That New School Is Getting Old!

  • LOCATION: D182
  • TRACK SESSION: Business Operations
  • EXPERIENCE: Appropriate for all levels of experience
  • AUDIENCE: Treasurers/CFOs, Business/Operations Managers

That New School is getting OLD! A panel of school administrators will spotlight case studies of “new schools” that have been retrofitted with the latest in energy-saving technology to benefit students, staff, and the community. Implementing these energy conservation measures will cut expenses while improving the learning environment.

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How IoT Sensors Can Boost Your School’s Energy Efficiency (Part 1)

For the last several decades, businesses and organizations across the globe have been looking for new and innovative ways to reduce their energy costs. Efficiency is always the watch-word but there is a delicate balance between practical frugality and unnecessary inconvenience. When it comes to conserving energy, success has is often hit or miss based on the techniques used and the intelligence with which they are applied.

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Fort Recovery Local Schools expects to net a $17,000 utility rebate through energy savings project completed with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio, March 16, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Energy Optimizers, USA, has completed an aggressive energy savings project that is expected to save Fort Recovery Local Schools more than $30,000 a year in utility costs.
The district also anticipates receiving a Dayton Power & Light rebate of more than $17,000 because of the work.
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Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools’ utility savings more than $6,000 above projections through a partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA

TIPP CITY, Ohio, March 15, 2018 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Two years after completing a comprehensive energy savings project with Energy Optimizers, USA, Bellbrook-Sugarcreek Local Schools has exceeded projected savings on its utility bills by more than $6,000 annually.
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Energy project with Energy Optimizers, USA, nets Monroe Local Schools more than $75,000 in cost savings

Tipp City, Ohio (March 13th, 2018)—Just one year after completing a project to reduce its energy consumption, Monroe Local Schools has surpassed projections for cost savings, Energy Optimizers, USA found.

In 2016, the district engaged Energy Optimizers, USA, to replace all of its interior and exterior lighting with LED systems. The project also included the installation of HVAC controls and a high-efficiency boiler at the district’s 2–12 building.
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Energy Optimizers, USA Sponsors “An All-American Evening”

Always supportive of our troops, Energy Optimizers, USA announced today their continued support of the Fisher/Nightingale Houses that have served to house over twenty thousand families from all branches of the military.

Since its inception in 1990, these two homes, along with their managers and outstanding volunteer staff, have served military families from stateside and overseas, active duty, Guard, Reserves, retirees, and veterans. These houses allow families to stay together during times of medical emergencies and crises when they need the love, comfort, and support of their families the most.
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Is Your School Paying Too Much For Power

Schools are busy places, full of tens, hundreds, and sometimes even thousands of students. From the administration team to the janitorial staff, the goal is to make sure that the children arrive, get to and from their classes, have lunch and bathroom breaks, and finally get home safely to their families and for most, this is enough work for a lifetime.

Schools that teach and manage students successfully often have a policy of “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it” when it comes to maintenance and updates. If the doors lock to keep out un-screened strangers and the windows keep the kids from taking an ‘early recess’ while the teacher isn’t looking, they’re good enough, right? Unfortunately, putting off infrastructure updates only seems like a good idea until the utility bill rolls in.
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