Business Energy Guide: Healthcare

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As a healthcare facility, you provide a critical service to the community, and that service requires a lot of electricity. Hospitals are the most energy-intensive healthcare facility type, utilizing on average twice as much energy per square foot as medical office buildings. There are many Energy Management Solutions you can take to improve efficiency and keep costs down—retro commissioning is often a good investment for older facilities. Start here to find the right solutions to help keep your bottom line healthy.

Energy Efficiency Solutions

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Lighting & Equipment

While lighting is by far the greatest energy cost for healthcare facilities, the impact of energy efficient equipment on energy costs cannot be disregarded. Our Energy Management Solutions offer incentives to help you make energy-efficient upgrades.

  • Sensors and Controls
  • Dimmable Ballasts
  • LEDs
  • Motors
  • Refrigeration
  • Water Heaters
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Upgrading your infrastructure and air quality will save too, while keeping your patients comfortable. Consider these:

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Demand Response Programs

Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to the healthcare Industry for temporarily reducing use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. Our Critical Peak Pricing program rewards energy reduction during high seasonal temperatures from June through September. You might also be interested in Automated Demand Response for added convenience.

Healthcare by Numbers3

  • Utility bills constitute 1.4% of hospital operating costs on average, and hospitals in the U.S. spend approximately $8.3 billion on energy annually.
  • Lighting accounts for 18% of energy consumption—the second largest end use after space heating.
  • In 2003, the average hospital in the U.S. spent approximately $675,000, and the average outpatient clinic spent roughly $23,000 on energy.
  • 35% to 45% of hospitals installed energy-saving measures between 2008 and 2010.

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2U.S. Energy Information Administration 2006
3Infogroup ORC on Demand Research 2010

Energy-Efficient Solutions and Tips for Healthcare

Here are just a few of the energy-efficient programs and suggestions that our customers have employed to increase their cost efficiency. You’ll also find more energy-efficient solutions in our Medical Office Fact Sheet and Hospital Fact Sheet, and a complete list of all our qualifying energy-efficiency incentives and demand response programs by requesting our Solutions Directory. 

Want to explore your clean energy options with SCE? We want to help lower your energy bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Clean energy can help provide the solution.

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