Energy powers the equipment and systems needed to provide quality, reliable healthcare.
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In the Northeast, hospitals with an average of 200,000 square feet spend $1.2 million annually on electricity and natural gas. With high energy demands for heating and cooling, ventilation, lighting, and plug loads, hospitals can consume almost twice the energy per square foot as traditional office spaces.

Key Energy-Saving Opportunities

1. Efficient Lighting Design
Energy-efficient lighting can provide a better patient experience, speed recovery time, and save energy. Indoor and outdoor LED lighting and controls use light and energy more efficiently, saving money and energy. LED lightbulbs are long-lasting and require fewer changes, freeing up maintenance time.

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2. Water Heating Upgrades
Hot water is used every day in a hospital, and it’s a cost that can add up quickly. Upgrade to higher-efficiency systems to lower heating expenses, decrease equipment maintenance time, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

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3. Heating & Cooling Equipment Upgrades
Heating and cooling are often the largest energy expense for hospitals. By properly maintaining equipment or upgrading to high-efficiency systems, your hospital can enjoy long-term reduced energy usage, decrease equipment maintenance time, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a comfortable environment.

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4. Building Management Systems (BMS)
BMS are computer-based systems installed in buildings to manage and monitor equipment such as air conditioning, heating, lighting, and more. They can automatically turn off systems and equipment when they are not in use—reducing energy loads and extending equipment and systems’ operational life.

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Case Study: Sudbury Pines Extended Care

With refrigeration upgrades and other energy-efficient measures, this family-owned small business saved $18,000 annually—equivalent to 197 tons of carbon dioxide emissions avoided and 28 cars taken off the road for a year.

Case Study: Berkshire Medical Center

Berkshire Medical Center saved $14,040 annually with efficiency upgrades to for lighting equipment at their existing parking garage.

Not Sure Where to Start?

If you’re looking for advice on how to save energy, the Sponsors of Mass Save offer energy assessments and guidance to support efficiency projects from start to finish.

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