Energy Efficiency is the most important first step to improving human and environmental health, air quality, and your bottom line. Healthcare organizations spend over $6.5 billion on energy each year currently, and that amount is escalating to meet patient needs.
There are many opportunities to improve your buildings’ energy performance. From sub-metering individual buildings, to cost effective upgrades such as lighting, heating and cooling systems, or the installation of “smart labs,” energy management can generate significant savings.
Every $1 a non-profit healthcare organization saves on energy is equivalent to generating $20 in new revenues for hospitals or $10 for medical offices. For-profit hospitals, medical offices, and nursing homes can increase their earnings a penny per share by reducing energy costs just 5 percent.
As examples, New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) set and implemented rigorous energy savings targets and projects since 2003, which has resulted in approximately $1.77 million in annual savings. Providence Health and Services, a Seattle-based healthcare system serving the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, embedded energy management into their organizational structure by establishing a corporate Office of Energy Management. Their energy savings have increased from $700,000 in 2003 to $3.4 million in 2006.
To learn more about how you can track, analyze, and manage your energy performance, EPA has put together an Energy Star Portfolio Manager that helps you track water consumption, gas emissions, and more. When you add your buildings to the Portfolio Manager, you’ll be joining 40 percent of U.S. commercial building space that’s already benchmarked in Portfolio Manager — making it the industry-leading benchmarking tool.
Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)’s research paper, Healthy Hospitals, Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Addressing Climate Change in Health Care Settings, defines a seven-point framework to creating a climate-friendly hospital.