Software saves medical center $1.3 million in energy costs

February 3, 2015
Engineered Systems
 
According to the EPA, “Health care organizations spend over $6.5 billion on energy each year to meet patient needs. Every dollar that a nonprofit health care organization saves on energy is equivalent to generating new revenues of $20 for hospitals or $10 for medical offices.”
 
A 500-bed academic medical center providing pediatrics, primary, and advanced medical care took this EPA statement as a challenge. The medical center is a large provider of trauma care and is affiliated with a local university. It also has almost 1 million outpatient visits per year, and the medical center campus includes over 2.5 million sq ft.
 
The center’s guiding principles include efficiency and sustainability through a 20% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2020. To this end, the center was interested in implementing targeted energy conservation measures and technologies, which help achieve the sustainability goals while taking into account the center’s specific needs.
 
Officials at the center also committed to the Healthier Hospitals Leaner Energy Challenge. The Healthier Hospitals Initiative (HHI) is “a national campaign to implement a completely new approach to improving environmental health and sustainability in the health care sector.”