New Focus on Healthcare Energy Consumption

Healthcare energy consumption is at all all-time high. A study in 2013 demonstrated that healthcare facilities spend $8.8 billion per year on energy consumption. Retrofitting allows for energy to be able to be distributed with the highest of efficiency while reducing costs dramatically.

Greenwich Hospital Example

Greenwich was spending massive amounts of money on unnecessary energy costs. The hospital featured:

  • A 47 Energy Star Rating
  • Retrofitting saved 1.7 million kWh per year
  • The hospital saved $303,000 per year on energy costs after a retrofit
  • Energy consumption was reduced by 35 percent

It took less than 6 months for the hospital to see a return on their investment. Furthermore, Greenwich was able to boost their Energy Star rating to 88.

Most hospitals have a chance to save in excess of 30 percent on their energy costs.

Immediate Solutions

Hospitals that have immediate needs can, for a minimal expenditure, be able to save money by implementing solutions, such as:

  1. Fix Broken Systems: Essentially, some systems do not work optimally. First, a system will be examined and fully understood. Next, much needed upgrades and improvements will be put in place. A simple EBCx can reduce energy costs by 12 percent.
  2. Upgrade with Retrofits: Major systems, such as an HVAC system, can benefit from a retrofit. These upgrades to the system will allow significant savings, but major retrofits will require high expenditures.

A prime example of a retrofit is allowing sunlight to be introduced into patient rooms. While subtle, this will reduce the heating costs of the hospital resulting in lower energy consumption.

As hospitals need more complicated, energy inefficient systems to run accordingly, it is essential that energy consumption is always monitored. At AEA, we know first-hand how small changes to existing systems can produce lower overall energy consumption while resulting in massive energy savings.

Hospitals that have the budget to undergo massive retrofits will be able to transform their energy consumption drastically. Not only will energy consumption drop significantly, Energy Star ratings will rise. Hospitals that have the latest in retrofits that allow for cleaner air and brighter rooms are also able to attract new employees as a result.

Energy costs are going to continue to rise into the future. Hospitals that implement solutions to combat excess energy consumption will be able to meet energy demands with ease. Expensive retrofits will pay for themselves quickly, resulting in initial retrofit expenditures to be negligible.

Utilizing a complete solution, hospitals can reduce their impact on the planet and save hundreds of thousands of dollars on energy costs.