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New Cost-Saving Program For Multi-Family Housing Cust Energy Consumption Through Behavioral Change

Energy Toolkit For Club Owners Attacks Waste

Energy Toolkit For Restaurant Owners Attacks Waste

Kilojolts Consulting Group wins a "Project of the Year" award from New England chapter of Association Of Energy Engineers

Legal Sea Foods Selects Kilojolts To Help Control Restaurant Chain's Energy Costs

Kilojolts Consulting Group Adds Four Foodservice and Hospitality Industry Clients

Kilojolts Consulting Group Adds Four Clients

Gary Markowitz Accepted into Prestigious Lighting Design Society

The Foodservice Manager's Energy Handbook is Treasure Trove of Cost-and-Energy Saving Measures

Consulting Group Launches the Supermarket Manager's Energy Handbook

Energy Executive Gary Markowitz Launches Kilojolts Consulting Group

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NEW COST-SAVING PROGRAM FOR MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING CUTS ENERGY CONSUMPTION THROUGH BEHAVIORAL CHANGE

SEE The Light Turns Energy-Wasteful Habits into Energy-Efficient Best Practices

Lexington, Mass, January 23, 2013 – Utility costs represent the single largest controllable expense in a multi-family housing community, consuming 25 to 35% of most operating budgets1. With the U.S. Departments of Energy and HUD working aggressively to improve energy efficiency in public and privately-owned housing communities, affordable housing managers trying to rein in energy costs have a new ally: the SEE The Light Property Manager's Energy Toolkit. Created exclusively for the multi-family housing sector by energy consulting firm Kilojolts Consulting Group, this behavior-based energy efficiency solution comes bundled with all the tools, technology, and training resources owners and managers need to address the 20%2 of their facilities' energy budget that may be caused by employees and tenants' everyday behaviors.

"The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that multi-family units are responsible for 15% of the nation's energy consumption, or $10 billion annually," notes Kilojolts President Gary Markowitz. "Every dollar SEE The Light helps management avoid spending has a positive impact on the budgets of property owners and tenants alike."

The Property Manager's Energy Toolkit is the 14th in a series of market segment-specific SEE The Light Toolkits. Ranging from manufacturing and commercial office to supermarkets, restaurants, and schools, each SEE The Light Energy Toolkit is customized to align with the energy consumption profile of the particular market segment. One of the first operators to integrate SEE The Light into its energy management strategy is Connecticut-based Vesta Corporation. Vesta develops, owns, and manages affordable housing communities throughout New England and the mid-Atlantic, the southeast, Midwest, and Texas.

"Vesta Corporation has made great strides in our energy efficiency efforts during the past few years," says Josh Greenblatt, Vesta's Vice President of Property Operations. "For example, we installed Connecticut's largest residential solar hot water system at our Windham Heights property in Willimantic and replaced inefficient HVAC systems with highly efficient ones at Royal Mall Apartments in Niles, Ohio. At Mohegan Commons in Norwich, Connecticut, we switched from oil to natural gas-fired equipment and dramatically cut our heating and hot water bills. Now with SEE The Light, we're asking our employees and residents to adopt new energy-efficient practices so we can tackle the behavior-based and undiscovered causes of wasteful energy usage," concludes Greenblatt.

Each Property Manager's Energy Toolkit includes education tools, customized branded materials, and a license for SEE The Light Energy Benchmarking Software. The Toolkits walk property and maintenance managers step-by-step through a proven process for modifying staff and resident behaviors, integrating energy-efficient education and practices into daily life. With SEE The Light software, owners and operators can measure the success of their behavioral energy program, capturing current energy usage, tracking energy use reductions, sharing results, and rewarding success.

SEE The Light takes a holistic community approach, addressing energy waste caused by human behavior in every area of residential communities. "Tenants and employees aren't deliberately wasting energy by leaving lights and computers on, forgetting to close doors and windows, or ignoring water leaks," said Kilojolts' Markowitz. "Managers can change behaviors by explaining the impact of energy waste on the property's financial and environmental health. SEE The Light gives residential property and maintenance managers the tools to transform inefficient practices into energy-smart habits and engages residents to report energy waste where they see it," concludes Markowitz.

For details, contact Kilojolts Consulting Group at 781-861-6800 or info@kilojolts.com.

1 U.S. Energy Star Multi-Family Housing Fact Sheet
2 U.S. Energy Star Program estimate

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ENERGY TOOLKIT FOR CLUB OWNERS ATTACKS WASTE, HELPS CUT ENERGY USE BY UP TO 10 PERCENT

LEXINGTON, MA, July 28, 2009 – Kilojolts Consulting Group announces the launch of the Club Manager's Energy Toolkit, designed to help operators of private clubs cut their energy usage by up to 10 percent by addressing inefficient operations. This “energy manager in a box” includes energy education tools, customized promotional materials, and energy benchmarking software—everything an operator needs to implement, promote, and measure an energy waste reduction program. The Club Manager's Energy Toolkit is the second in a series of “SEE The Light” energy waste reduction products from Kilojolts, an energy management consulting firm.

Cooking, HVAC, refrigeration, lighting and laundry comprise more than 80 percent of a Club's energy budget. SEE The Light tackles the waste found in each of these key operational areas through education, re-training where necessary, and positive reinforcement. Since Clubs need to earn $20-$25 in revenue to recover every $1 dollar of energy waste, the Energy Toolkit, priced at $699 a kit, is "the best business investment Club management will make this year," Kilojolts' President Gary Markowitz observed.

"Employees aren't deliberately wasting energy by leaving lights and ovens on or letting water leaks languish," said Markowitz. "Club operators need to change behavior by explaining the impact of energy waste on the Club's financial health, its members' comfort, and the environment. This program gives managers the tools to transform inefficient practices into energy-smart habits."

The Toolkit's five Energy Tips include “Turn it Off,” targeting lights and equipment; “Don’t Be a Drip," tackling water waste; and "Just-in-Time," promoting efficient scheduling of kitchen equipment. Operators can measure the success of their energy waste reduction program by using SEE The Light software, the Toolkit's proprietary benchmarking software tool to capture current energy usage, track energy use reductions, share results, and reward success. "Energy bills are so confusing you need a Ph.D. to figure out usage trends," said Markowitz. "Since the price of energy swings wildly, adding up the bill totals doesn’t tell you if you’re cutting waste. This software normalizes for weather and accounts for varying bill periods, so it gives operators a true picture of energy waste reductions."

Unlike other energy benchmarking tools which only measure the generic MBTU's per square foot, SEE The Light software allows Club managers to establish a baseline metric most valuable to their organization, such as MBTU's per $ of sale or transaction.

For details, contact Kilojolts Consulting Group at 781-861-6800 or info@kilojolts.com.

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ENERGY TOOLKIT FOR RESTAURANT OWNERS ATTACKS WASTE

--Employee Awareness Program Includes Manual, Branded Promo Materials, and Benchmarking Software to Cut Energy Usage by Up to 10 percent--

LEXINGTON, MA, April 7, 2009 – Kilojolts Consulting Group has launched the Restaurant Manager’s Energy Toolkit to help operators cut their energy usage by up to 10% by addressing energy-inefficient policies and employee practices. This "energy manager in a box" includes everything an operator needs to implement, promote, and measure an energy waste reduction program.

Cooking, HVAC, refrigeration, and lighting comprise more than 80% of a typical restaurant’s energy budget. The SEE The Light Energy Toolkit tackles the waste found in each of these areas through education, re-training where necessary, and positive reinforcement. “With our SEE The Light program, managers now have the tools they need to transform inefficient practices into energy-smart habits,” said Gary Markowitz, President of Kilojolts Consulting Group, an energy management consulting firm with a host of prominent restaurant clients including Legal Sea Foods, Au Bon Pain, and Wagamama. The Toolkit's five Energy Tips include “Turn it Off,” targeting lights and equipment; “Don’t be a Drip,” focusing on water waste; and “Just-in-Time,” promoting efficient scheduling of kitchen equipment.

Each Toolkit includes a how-to manual, five restaurant-focused Energy Tips, branded promotional materials, and benchmarking software, and is priced affordably at $799 ($599 unbranded). Since restaurants need to earn $20 in revenue to recover every $1 dollar of energy waste, Kilojolts’ Markowitz observed, “That makes our high-ROI Energy Toolkit the best business investment they’ll make this year.”

Operators can measure the success of their energy waste reduction program by using the SEE The Light benchmarking software tool. With the software, restaurants can accurately capture current energy usage, track and verify energy use reductions, share results, and reward success. “Energy bills are so confusing you need a Ph.D. just to figure out usage trends,” said Markowitz. “Since the price of energy swings wildly and weather and billing periods vary, just adding up utility bill numbers doesn’t tell you if you’re cutting energy waste. SEE The Light benchmarking software normalizes for weather and accounts for varying bill periods, so it gives operators a true picture of energy waste reductions.”

The Restaurant Manager's Energy Toolkit is one of a series of "SEE The Light" energy waste reduction programs developed by Kilojolts Consulting Group. For details, contact Kilojolts Consulting Group at 781-861-6800 or info@kilojolts.com.

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KILOJOLTS CONSULTING GROUP WINS A "PROJECT OF THE YEAR" AWARD FROM NEW ENGLAND CHAPTER OF ASSOCIATION OF ENERGY ENGINEERS

--Award Recognizes Success of Energy Awareness Program Created for Unilever NA--

Lexington, MA – Kilojolts Consulting Group and Unilever have jointly won one of five Energy "Projects of the Year" from the New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE.) The award recognizes the success of “Power to Conserve,” the energy awareness and cost-containment program Kilojolts created for Unilever. In its first six months of implementation Power to Conserve has achieved verified measurable results, reducing the company’s energy spend by $2 million over the previous year.

Power to Conserve heightens employee awareness of energy losses that are attributable to wasteful behaviors. “We wanted to overcome losses from things like lights left on, fans left running, and doors left open,” said Jim Pease, Unilever Energy and Environmental Manager, N.A. “We knew that by empowering our workforce to change their perspective, we could cut energy waste and reduce the environmental impact on our communities” Pease said.

Kilojolts developed Power to Conserve to align with Unilever’s corporate culture, management philosophy, and internal communications strategies. “The key to success of any employee awareness program is to customize it to the client’s operation,” said Gary Markowitz, Kilojolts Consulting Group’s president. “Power to Conserve is not viewed as a new ‘program’ at Unilever but as an extension of the company’s commitment to Continuous Improvement.” Power to Conserve created an “army of energy conservation monitors throughout Unilever’s employee base,” said Markowitz. “Through posters, Manager’s Energy Guides, videos, and home energy conservation tips, we extended the reach of the Energy Manager to all parts of the plant.”

Also in keeping with Unilever’s management culture, Power to Conserve provides measured results, verified through Key Performance Indicator (KPI) benchmarking. Using EnerCop®, Kilojolts’ energy accounting and benchmarking software, Markowitz and his team measured energy usage at the 50 Unilever NA plants, comparing year-over-year results. “EnerCop normalizes for weather and production variations, so we can more accurately gauge cost avoidance and improvements in energy productivity,” said Markowitz. “Each Unilever plant manager receives quarterly KPI charts and Energy Scores showing his or her performance quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year. It’s a great energy expense management tool.”

AEE New England Chapter President Joseph Hall said, “Kilojolts and Unilever developed a creative, engaging, and—most importantly—successful energy awareness program whose measurable results impressed our review board. Conservation must be a key component in the mix of responses to the high cost of energy. Programs like Power to Conserve demonstrate the dollars and cents value of addressing human-factor energy waste.”

About Kilojolts Consulting Group
Kilojolts Consulting Group specializes in energy demand side management and cost containment procurement practices for commercial, industrial, and municipal clients. Founded in 1999 by Gary K. Markowitz, the Lexington, MA-based Kilojolts applies leading-edge best practices and innovative engineering, financial, and negotiation strategies to help clients improve operating efficiencies and reduce energy-related costs.

About Unilever
Unilever [NYSE: UL, UN], one of the world’s largest consumer products companies, aims to add vitality to life by meeting everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care. Each day, around the world, consumers make 150 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. The company has a portfolio of brands that make people feel good, look good and get more out of life.

In the United States these brands include recognized names such as: Axe, "all," Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Lipton, Knorr, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim-Fast, Snuggle, Suave and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever in the United States employs more than 15,000 people in 74 office and manufacturing sites in 24 states and Puerto Rico – generating approximately $10 billion in sales in 2004. For more information visit www.unileverusa.com.

About the Association of Energy Engineers
AEE International is a not-for-profit trade association, based in Atlanta. Their mission is to educate energy managers and professionals. The New England Chapter is the largest chapter worldwide with 700 members and was awarded 2005 Best Overall Chapter in the USA.

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LEGAL SEA FOODS SELECTS KILOJOLTS TO HELP CONTROL RESTAURANT CHAIN'S ENERGY COSTS

Lexington, MA, -- Kilojolts Consulting Group today announced it has signed an agreement with Legal Sea Foods to provide energy management services to the Allston, MA-based restaurant chain. Kilojolts will negotiate favorable electricity and gas contracts for the company's 26 restaurants, from Boston to Florida, and for its Quality Control Center in Allston.

Kilojolts President Gary K. Markowitz said the advent of energy deregulation has increased cost control opportunities for companies like Legal Sea Foods. "Most of the states where Legal Sea Foods does business now have competitive energy markets," said Markowitz. "We expect to significantly lower each restaurant's utility bills by negotiating rates below the current utility rates," he said.

Kevin Foley, Director of Plant Operations for Legal Sea Foods, said his company was looking to take full advantage of the deregulated marketplace to lower its costs and was "pleased to be working with Kilojolts."

About Kilojolts Consulting Group Kilojolts Consulting Group specializes in energy conservation and cost containment for the food service, hospitality, and banking industries. Founded in 1991 by Gary K. Markowitz, the Lexington, MA-based Kilojolts applies leading-edge best practices and innovative engineering, financial, and negotiation strategies to help clients improve operating efficiencies and reduce energy-related costs.

For more information contact Gary Markowitz at 781-861-6800 or visit www.kilojolts.com.

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KILOJOLTS OCONSULTING GROUP ADDS FOUR FOODSERVICE AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY CLIENTS

Lexington, MA -- Kilojolts Consulting Group, (KCG) an energy management and lighting design consulting firm headed by Gary K. Markowitz, has retained four new foodservice industry clients. Kilojolts specializes in designing energy cost containment strategies for restaurants, supermarkets, and hospitality industry chains.

C&S Wholesale Grocers, Brattleboro, VT
C&S Wholesale Grocers is the nation’s third largest food wholesaler and the 13th largest privately held company. It retained KCG as its “virtual energy manager,” to oversee utility negotiations for gas and electricity, to implement conservation measures at its warehouses and retail supermarket division (Grand Union Family Markets); and to introduce energy education to C&S employees.

Safeway, Pleasanton, CA
Safeway is one of North America’s largest supermarket chains, with more than 1,650 stores across the US and Canada. The company’s Northern California division has retained KCG to implement an energy education and conservation program that builds on Safeway’s leadership in environmental responsibility.

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Aurora, CO
Xanterra is the country's largest park & resort management company, and a leader in orchestrating effective, efficient partnerships with the National Park Service. KCG is developing a pilot energy awareness and conservation program for three Xanterra-managed facilities at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Bickford’s Family Restaurants, Boston, MA
Kilojolts is managing energy procurement for this growing chain of 65 restaurants, located throughout New England.

Mr. Markowitz founded Kilojolts Consulting Group in 2000, following a 20+-year career as a corporate energy manager at several Boston-area companies, including 13 years at Raytheon’s Missile Systems division. Through innovative conservation and procurement strategies, aggressive negotiations, and leading-edge business practices, Kilojolts helps clients improve operating efficiencies and reduce energy and facilities-related costs.

For more information, contact Gary Markowitz at 781-861-6800

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KILOJOLTS OCONSULTING GROUP ADDS FOUR CLIENTS

Lexington, MA Kilojolts Consulting Group, (KCG) an energy management and lighting design consulting firm headed by Gary K. Markowitz, has retained four new clients.

Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge, MA Kilojolts Consulting Group will act as a virtual energy manager, overseeing gas deregulation, electricity deregulation, conservation, and energy education for the 11-branch financial services company.

Papa Gino's Restaurants and D'Angelo Sandwich Shops, Dedham, MA Kilojolts will conduct a pilot program in a 10-restaurant trial to promote energy education among employees.

Yankee Candle Company, South Deerfield, MA Kilojolts will act as virtual energy manager, overseeing gas deregulation, electric deregulation, conservation, and energy education for the nation's leading scented candle designer, manufacturer, retailer, and wholesaler.

The Fortress Corporation, Boston, MA Kilojolts is overseeing various energy management projects for Fortress, the leading provider of museum quality storage and services, with locations in Boston, New York, and Miami.

Mr. Markowitz founded Kilojolts Consulting Group in 2000, following a 20+-year career as a corporate energy manager at several Boston-area companies, including 13 years at Raytheon's Missile Systems division. Through innovative conservation and procurement strategies, aggressive negotiations, and leading-edge business practices, Kilojolts helps clients improve operating efficiencies and reduce energy and facilities-related costs.

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GARY MARKOWITZ ACCEPTED INTO PRESTIGIOUS LIGHTING DESIGN SOCIETY

Lexington, MA – Gary K. Markowitz, president of Kilojolts Consulting Group, has been accepted into the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), the lighting industry’s most prestigious professional organization. IALD applicants must be sponsored by a current member and demonstrate excellence in the practice of lighting design.

With over 20 years of lighting design and energy management experience, Mr. Markowitz has successfully designed and implemented illumination systems for clients in all sectors, including commercial, industrial, retail & food service, and residential. Mr. Markowitz has served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Architectural Lighting Magazine, has been recognized for design excellence by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the General Electric Company, and has published numerous articles on such lighting design topics as energy and environmental issues, fiber optic lighting, and legislative concerns.

Mr. Markowitz's firm, Kilojolts Consulting Group, provides lighting and energy management solutions to a broad rage of clients. Prior to founding Kilojolts in 2000, Mr. Markowitz was Corporate Energy Manager and Lighting Designer for Star Markets Company in Cambridge, MA. He is the former Energy Administrator/Facilities Engineer for the Raytheon Company's Electronic Systems Division.

For more information contact Gary Markowitz at 781-861-6800 or visit www.kilojolts.com.

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THE FOODSERVICE MANAGER’S ENERGY HANDBOOK IS TREASURE TROVE OF COST- AND ENERGY-SAVING MEASURES

--Newly Published Manual Helps Restaurant Managers Control Energy Waste—

Lexington, MA – Energy expense ranks among the top 5 expenditures in a restaurant’s budget, but few managers have the experience or internal expertise to rein in these soaring costs. Now, managers can take advantage of a turnkey energy management program that addresses the unique energy needs of the foodservice industry.

The Foodservice Manager’s Energy Handbook, produced by Kilojolts Consulting Group, an energy management consulting firm specializing in the food and retail industries, is a step-by-step manual that helps restaurant managers put a stop to “energy shrink.” The Food service Manager’s Energy Handbook is a follow-up to the successful Supermarket Manager’s Energy Handbook©, which has helped small and large supermarket chains dramatically reduce their energy costs.

Written in layman’s terms, with colorful graphics and easy-to-follow instructions, the Energy Handbook can be implemented by any size restaurant chain, and will be easily understood by any level of employee. Kilojolts President Gary Markowitz, author of The Foodservice Manager’s Energy Handbook, said restaurant managers could expect to conservatively reduce their energy costs between 5%-10%. “The Handbook takes a ‘whole restaurant’ approach, addressing every section of the restaurant, from the kitchen to the stock room, to the front of the house,” said Markowitz. “With a simple 12-step approach to energy awareness and conservation, restaurants can make a huge dent in their energy bills,” he concluded.

Accompanying The Foodservice Manager’s Energy Handbook is Kilojolts’ energy accounting software program, EnerCop™( EnerCop™ is used for real-time performance benchmarking of all stores, which, according to Markowitz, “define a chain’s progress or regression and catch irregularities before they turn into severe budgetary problems.” Statistical data derived from EnerCop™ dovetails with the Foodservice Manager’s Energy Handbook as the basis for the energy training process.

The Foodservice Manager’s Energy Handbook is, in a sense, an “energy manager in a box,” said Markowitz. “The Handbook comes with everything a restaurant manager needs to implement this simple, sustainable program, from thermometers for gauging proper operating temperatures to color-coded stickers that identify when certain equipment should be turned on and off…and it’s backed by over 23-years of energy management experience,” he continued. Pricing for The Foodservice Manager’s Energy Handbook depends upon the size of the chain. For pricing information, or to purchase the Handbook, contact Gary Markowitz at 781-861-6800 or at garym@kilojolts.com. A complete presentation on the Handbook may be found at the Kilojolts Consulting Group web site, www.kilojolts.com.

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CONSULTING GROUP LAUNCHES THE SUPERMARKET MANAGER’S ENERGY HANDBOOK

Turnkey Manual Helps Supermarket Managers Control “Energy Shrink”

Lexington, MA – Energy expense ranks among the top 5 expenditures in a supermarket’s budget, but few managers have the experience or internal expertise to rein in these soaring costs. Now, supermarket managers can take advantage of a turnkey energy management program that addresses the unique energy needs of the supermarket industry.

The Supermarket Manager’s Energy Handbook, produced by Kilojolts Consulting Group, an energy management consulting firm specializing in the food and retail industries, is a step-by-step manual that helps managers put a stop to “energy shrink.” Written in layman’s terms, with colorful graphics and easy-to-follow instructions, the Energy Handbook can be implemented by any size supermarket chain, and will be easily understood by any level of employee.

Kilojolts President Gary Markowitz, author of The Supermarket Manager’s Energy Handbook, said supermarket managers could expect to conservatively reduce their energy costs between 7%-12%. “The Handbook takes a ‘whole store’ approach, addressing every area of the supermarket, from the back room to the customer service booth,” said Markowitz. “With a simple 12-step approach to energy awareness and conservation, supermarkets can make a huge dent in their energy bills,” he concluded.

Accompanying The Supermarket Manager’s Energy Handbook is Kilojolts’ energy accounting software program, EnerCop™( EnerCop™ is used for real-time performance benchmarking of all stores, which, according to Markowitz, “define a chain’s progress or regression and catch irregularities before they turn into severe budgetary problems.” Statistical data derived from EnerCop™ dovetails with the Supermarket Manager’s Energy Handbook as the basis for the energy training process.

The Supermarket Manager’s Energy Handbook is, in a sense, an “energy manager in a box,” said Markowitz. “The Handbook comes with everything a supermarket manager needs to implement this simple, sustainable program, from thermometers for gauging proper operating temperatures to color-coded stickers that identify when certain equipment should be turned on and off,” he continued. Pricing for The Supermarket Manager’s Energy Handbook depends upon the size of the chain. For pricing information, or to purchase the Handbook, contact Gary Markowitz at 781-861-6800 or at garym@kilojolts.com. A complete presentation on the Handbook may be found at the Kilojolts Consulting Group web site, www.kilojolts.com.

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ENERGY EXECUTIVE GARY MARKOWITZ LAUNCHES KILOJOLTS CONSULTING GROUP

Former Raytheon, Star Markets Energy Manager to Focus on Guiding Companies through Deregulation

Lexington, MA – Gary K. Markowitz, the former corporate energy manager at Star Markets Company, has formed Kilojolts Consulting Group, an energy management and lighting design consulting firm. Drawing on his more than 20 years of experience in the energy and lighting fields, Mr. Markowitz will initially focus his efforts on helping companies reap the financial and operational benefits of energy deregulation, conservation, and training.

Mr. Markowitz already has a successful track record in these areas, guiding Star Markets, Big-Y Foods, and a division of Raytheon, where he was employed for 13 years. Since 1996, he has successfully assisted these companies in negotiating highly favorable electricity and gas supply contracts. “Electricity deregulation has been a reality in Massachusetts since 1998, and natural gas was deregulated in 1996,” says Markowitz, “but very few organizations have been able to take full advantage of these opportunities. Businesses, group buying associations, retail establishments, real estate developers—everyone can, and should, reap the benefits of deregulation. I formed Kilojolts Consulting Group to help clients safely seize that opportunity.”

During his career, Mr. Markowitz has successfully implemented energy management, lighting design, and energy training programs for the United States Government, private industry, religious institutions, and for the commercial, retail, and residential sectors. While at Raytheon’s Electronic Systems Division, his accomplishments and expertise were recognized with the United States Navy’s “Award for Achievement in Energy Conservation” and the Department of Defense/Department of Energy “Award for Individual Achievement.”

In addition to providing a comprehensive approach to energy deregulation, Kilojolts Consulting Group offers clients: Energy cost containment & reduction services, utility rate evaluations and negotiation, and demand-side management. Lighting services include design for the commercial, industrial, and residential sectors, illumination system assessments and enhancements, lighting maintenance programs, and turnkey lighting energy conservation retrofits. Mr. Markowitz, a widely published trade magazine author, is a former member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Architectural Lighting Magazine.

For more information contact Gary Markowitz at 781-861-6800 or visit www.kilojolts.com.

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