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PRESS RELEASE      
August 1, 2016
For Immediate Release
Mike Gurr
Field Services Superintendent
Email: michael.gurr@hamilton-oh.gov
Phone: 513-785-7231

Carrie Hoover
Efficiency Smart
Email: choover@efficiencysmart.org
Phone: 614-468-4916
Partnerships for Housing and Efficiency Smart Work Together to Make Housing More Energy Efficient in Hamilton

Partnership is part of Efficiency Smart's larger focus on helping vulnerable customers
Hamilton, Ohio -  Residents of 27 properties managed by Partnerships for Housing (PFH) in Hamilton, Ohio, will benefit from a new alliance between Efficiency Smart and PFH. Through the partnership, energy efficiency improvements such as free CFLs, low-flow shower heads, and weather-stripping will be installed at individual living units at no charge to the residents.
 
"Our goal is to help those with developmental disabilities find a safe place they can call home in neighborhoods close to their families, friends and jobs," said Jim Steffey, Executive Director of Partnerships for Housing. "A part of accomplishing this is providing affordable and accessible housing. Partnering with Efficiency Smart to reduce the energy costs of these homes helps us achieve that goal."

PFH was founded in 1991 by the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities to meet the housing needs of people with disabilities in Butler County. The organization manages a total of 57 single family homes and duplexes which provide safe, accessible and affordable housing for 140 people with disabilities.
 
The free energy efficiency improvements will be provided by Efficiency Smart, the City of Hamilton's energy efficiency service provider since 2015.
 
"Partnerships for Housing provides a tremendous service for people with disabilities in Hamilton, Ohio," said Mike Gurr, City of Hamilton Field Services Superintendent. "We are proud that the city can help PFH reach its goals with the help of Efficiency Smart's energy efficiency services. The end result is that a larger percentage of Hamilton Electric customers will be able to save energy and money."
 
Efficiency Smart's partnership with PFH is part of its focus on partnering with community organizations in the city of Hamilton. In addition to PFH, these partnerships include Supports to Help Encourage Low-income Families (SELF), which administers the summer and winter energy crisis programs, and Community First Solutions, which is Hamilton's largest meals on wheels program. Through these partnerships, more than 3,000 CFLs have been distributed to Hamilton residents.
 
Efficiency Smart has also placed a special emphasis on serving the old political wards 2 and 4, including working with multi-family low-income properties, senior housing properties, and small businesses. 
 
This focus has led to 320 residents in these wards saving a total of 66 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy since 2015. In total, 17 percent of residents within wards 2 and 4 have taken advantage of energy efficiency offerings from Efficiency Smart, which is at a higher rate than the 11 percent average city-wide in Hamilton. The residential energy savings are the equivalent of saving $7,600 in annual electric costs, and $68,000 over the lifetime of the installed energy-efficient products. 
 
When combined with the 13 organizations that have completed energy efficiency improvements, these two wards have saved 2,000 megawatt hours (MWh) and are expected to save 27,000 MWh over the life of the efficiency measures installed. This is equivalent to $171,000 in annual energy savings, and $2.3 million over the lifetime of the installed products.  
 
Looking ahead, there are several new energy efficiency projects underway in wards 2 and 4. Efficiency Smart has met with two multi-family properties, a church and its school, and a community center that are all considering lighting upgrades. These energy efficiency improvements are expected to be completed in the fall of 2016.
 
More information about the services and financial incentives available to Hamilton Utilities electric customers through Efficiency Smart can be found at efficiencysmart.org or by calling 877-889-3777.
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About Efficiency Smart.   Efficiency Smart's services include rebates for energy-efficient residential products; discounts on energy efficient lighting; and rebates for more than 90 energy-efficient 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.
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About Hamilton, OhioLocated 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 five 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 www.hamilton-city.org.