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August 13, 2015
For Immediate Release

Mike Gurr

Field Services Superintendent



Lauren Gersbach

Sustainability Coordinator


Hamilton City School District and the City of Hamilton kickoff energy efficiency upgrades with the help of Efficiency Smart

Hamilton, Ohio - Hamilton City School District has implemented two major energy efficiency projects that will help the District reduce its energy consumption, costs, and carbon footprint.


With the assistance of Hamilton Utilities and Efficiency Smart, Hamilton City School District converted incandescent outdoor lighting fixtures at Hamilton High School to light-emitting diode (LED) technology and replaced an inefficient chiller at the Hamilton Freshman School with a new, energy efficient unit.


An Efficiency Smart energy consultant and account manager provided the District technical assistance and verified potential savings on both projects. These resources were made possible through a partnership between Hamilton Utilities and Efficiency Smart, designed to save Hamilton electric customers money through energy efficiency.


"My hat's off to Hamilton City School District for completing these energy efficiency upgrades at Hamilton High School and the Freshman School," said Mike Gurr, Field Services Superintendent for the City Electric Department. "Completion of these projects means significant energy savings, and ultimately a reduction in electric costs, for the District."


Left to Right: Jeff Kilby, Tony Orr, Brian Wolpert and Tony Reed (HCSD); Mike Gurr and Lauren Gersbach (City of Hamilton); Carl Andre (Efficiency Smart)


As a result of the two projects, Hamilton City School District is expected to save 340,000 kilo-watt hours (kWh) of energy annually, a projected savings of approximately $35,882 annually and $769,531 over the lifetime of the installed measures. Additionally, the net cost of the projects was reduced by $7,500 through Efficiency Smart financial incentives.


Jeff Kilby, Director of Buildings and Grounds for Hamilton City School District, said, "We are just getting started. We have several lighting improvement opportunities at the Freshman School, Garfield Middle School, and Hamilton High School. We are in the process of prioritizing these opportunities and as time permits, our in-house electricians, Tony Reed and Brian Wolpert, are anxious to get started on these energy efficiency upgrades."


The City of Hamilton has also taken advantage of energy efficiency improvements through the Efficiency Smart program. The City has begun converting incandescent high pressure sodium and mercury vapor streetlights to LED streetlights, with a plan to replace all incandescent streetlights with LEDs over the next six to ten years.


LED technology offers a substantial reduction in energy consumption along with improved service. LED streetlights consume approximately one-third of the energy required by incandescent streetlights and last three to four times longer, reducing annual maintenance costs and improving service. Furthermore, LED technology offers improved lighting quality - colors are more easily distinguished and greater light distribution uniformity results in fewer hotspots and dark areas, and improved driver and pedestrian safety.


Approximately 366 incandescent streetlights have been replaced with LED fixtures in 2015, resulting in an estimated annual savings of more than 282,300 kWh, and over $15,700 in avoided energy costs per year. Additionally, Efficiency Smart incentives have reduced the price of 2015 streetlight conversions by $5,900, with the rebate amounts, annual kWh savings, and avoided energy costs per year anticipated to significantly grow as the City continues to replace streetlights.


Doug Childs, Director of Public Utilities, said, "In the best interest of our utility owners, the residents and business-owners of Hamilton, the City strives to be an efficient and environmentally-conscious energy user. Our LED streetlight conversion program is off to a terrific start in 2015, and with the help of Efficiency Smart, we will continue to evaluate our City facilities and operations and minimize our electric use where possible."


The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four of the primary utilities in the City, including electric (generation, transmission and distribution), natural gas (distribution), water (treatment and distribution), and water reclamation (collection and treatment) systems. The City continues to be one of the lowest cost providers of all utility services in the Region and the State.


Left to Right: Carl Andre (Efficiency Smart); Mike Gurr, Jim Marshall, Lauren Gersbach, and Doug Childs (City of Hamilton)
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About Efficiency Smart.  Efficiency Smart's services include rebates for energy-efficiency residential products; free removal of old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers from homes; and rebates for more than 90 energy-efficiency products and services for businesses. Efficiency Smart also offers technical assistance, account management services, and customized financial incentives for large commercial and industrial customers. Efficiency Smart was established by American Municipal Power for the benefit of its member communities. It is administered under contract with the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation. Operations are based in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, please visit

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About Hamilton, Ohio Located on the Great Miami River in the heart of the Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex, Hamilton is a historically-significant city with approximately 63,000 residents. Home to Miami University Hamilton and the County Seat of Butler County, Hamilton is the area center for government, finance and industry. Known for its unparalleled art, cultural & recreational activities, Hamilton is continually expanding its quality of life offerings. An award winning community, Hamilton was the recipient of the 2010 & 2015 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting "Best Water in the World" award, the winner of the 2012 "Best of the Best" award by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, the prestigious 2010 Public Gas System Achievement Award and four consecutive Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Platinum level awards. Additionally, the Hamilton City School District was named The National School District of Character for 2012. For more information, please visit