Hospitals Struggle to Reduce Electrical Consumption

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hospital electrical use over timeThere’s an interesting article  out on energymanagertoday.com concerning a study done about electricity usage in hospitals. The results of 2014 Hospital Energy and Water Benchmarking Survey finds that hospital electricity use increased dramatically from 2012 to 2013. While many hospitals are attempting to reduce their burden on the electrical grid, current energy savings measures aren’t enough. It seems that introduction of big energy users like electronic imaging equipment and a move towards digital recordkeeping is offsetting any electrical energy reduction measures.  The article also mentions an unusually cold winter as a problem.

“The average combined Btu/ft2 for facilities in the survey (electricity plus gas/steam) was 248,456, at a cost of $3.27/ft2, compared with 235,731 Btu/f2 and $3.09/ft2 in the 2013 survey (2012 data). Harsh Midwestern winter weather patterns undoubtedly had an adverse effect on energy consumption for hospitals participating in the 2014 survey.”

There is still a lot to be done in terms of energy savings in the healthcare market.  Fortunately, there are more measures than the typical lighting retrofit that can be implemented to help reduce electrical consumption. Furthermore, behavior changes can be the biggest drivers of energy conservation.