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Liberty Utilities Announces Incentive for Groundbreaking Commercial Polymer Bead Cleaning Technology

Sterling Linen's Dramatic Reduction in Energy Results in $28,000 Incentive

LONDONDERRY, NH -- (Marketwired) -- 05/28/14 -- Continuing its commitment to locally focused conservation and energy efficiency initiatives, Liberty Utilities today announced an incentive for a commercial laundry facility that is using an innovative polymer bead cleaning technology. Polymer bead technology washing machines can reduce natural gas usage up to 100% and water usage by up to 80%.

Traditional laundry machines used in hotels, hospitals and other commercial applications use a tremendous amount of energy to heat the water required for the cleaning process. In contrast, this new technology changes the most basic operating principles of the washing machine by replacing the massive quantities of hot water used in traditional washing machines with beads made from a special stain-absorbing polymer. By replacing water with polymer beads as the active ingredient for removing stains from fabrics, the polymer bead machines typically use upwards of 80% less water than a traditional commercial washing machine as well as lower temperatures, thus reducing the amount of natural gas that is consumed to heat water for the laundry process.

Sterling Linen Services, one of the largest commercial hospitality laundries in New England, is the first business to receive this incentive. At its Manchester, NH headquarters, Sterling Linen Services installed the Xeros Commercial Laundry System, which uses polymer bead technology. An extensive technical assistance study conducted by RISE Engineering at Sterling, included the metering of energy and water usage for the Xeros Commercial Laundry System and an industry standard machine. The Xeros polymer bead machine demonstrated a 100% reduction in natural gas usage, a 76% reduction in water usage, and reduction of the wash time by up to 28 minutes. This incredible savings secured an incentive from Liberty Utilities of $28,000 for this industrial laundry provider.

"We are proud to be the first utility company to provide incentives to its customers to use this innovative polymer bead technology which also provides dramatic reduction in the use of our natural resources," said Bill Sherry, VP of Customer Care at Liberty Utilities. "This program will provide a positive impact on the environment as well as significant savings for our customers. We are always looking to promote innovative technologies that will help our customers use natural gas more efficiently."

"We are thrilled to receive this substantial rebate from Liberty Utilities," said Dennis Kim, president, Sterling Linen Services. "The Xeros Commercial Laundry System has provided us a remarkable reduction in energy as well as superior cleaning results."

"Liberty Utilities has taken a leadership role in promoting this new innovative technology," said Jonathan Benjamin, president, Xeros, North America. "The incentive is further validation of the power of polymer bead technology's ability to reduce commercial laundries' carbon footprint. We are excited to work with Liberty Utilities on future incentives for their customers."

About Xeros Cleaning
Xeros is changing the way textiles are cleaned. Using patented polymer bead technology, the Xeros System for commercial cleaning uses up to 80% less water, 50% less energy and approximately 50% less detergent, and delivers superior cleaning results compared to conventional washing. Xeros was recently awarded a Bronze Medal in the prestigious Edison Awards; was named a top invention by TIME magazine, winner of 'Best Technological Breakthrough' in The Climate Week Awards 2011; listed in Worldwide Fund for Nature's survey of global 'Green Game Changers'; and has been awarded two Rushlight 2013 Awards for green innovation. Strategic partnerships include Green Earth Cleaning and BASF. Xeros is headquartered in the UK with offices in the U.S. and China. For additional information, please visit www.xeroscleaning.com.

About Liberty Utilities
Liberty Utilities is an independent water, natural gas and electric company providing local utility management, service and support to small and mid-sized communities across the United States. With more than 350,000 customers, Liberty Utilities is committed to local decision making that directly meets the needs of its customers. This means providing walk in customer service centers, creating jobs, and delivering responsive and reliable service. As a company, Liberty Utilities promotes local conservation and energy efficiency initiatives and programs for businesses and residential customers, including the low-income sector. The company measures its performance on customer experience, public and workplace safety, and service reliability. Liberty Utilities currently operates in nine states in the US. In New Hampshire, Liberty Utilities provides services to 87,000 natural gas and 43,000 electric distribution customers.

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