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Strategic Energy Management Plan

  • Many existing healthcare facilities have a cost effective potential of reducing utility bills by 25 to 40 percent. New facilities can do even better if designed up front to achieve the lowest practical total cost of ownership (TCO).
  • Once a decision is made to save energy, financial practicalities must be carefully addressed:
    • When to implement quick payback measures “low hanging fruit”.
    • Hospital utility bills typically keep rising due to inflation, increased uses of equipment and expansions. What energy baselines will be used?
    • Energy Efficiency incentives may be available from utilities and/or government agencies.
    • Is it desirable to contract with an energy services company (ESCO) or use a similar mechanism to preserve cash flow?
  • Some increases in efficiency comes from capital expenditures on more efficient systems and equipment. Unfortunately, our design community has been trained (by hospitals) to focus on lowest first cost for energy consuming systems. We must now direct designers to focus on the lowest TCO.
  • energy_callout_SEMPSome efficiency comes from better purchasing decisions. Maintenance components like air filters and lighting keep getting better but do our purchasing practices keep getting better?
  • We’ll need more capacity to serve an increasing and aging population.
  • Developing and following a SEMP will minimize the costs and maximize the benefits of improving energy efficiency.