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Business Energy Guide: Healthcare

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:

Demand Response Programs

Our Demand Response programs offer financial incentives to healthcare Industry for temporarily reducing use upon request during periods of high-energy demand. From our Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or less or with a Summer Advantage Incentive 200kW or more, which rewards energy reduction during high seasonal temperatures, to the year-round Demand Bidding Program your business may benefit from participating, while benefiting the grid and the environment. You might also be interested in Automated Demand Response for added convenience, or our free Energy Manager suite of savings tools.


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.

Energy-Efficient Solutions and Tips for Healthcare

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

Thinking of making your business more energy efficient? We’ve compiled a Contractor & Vendor Directory that connects you with the help you need. From lighting supply wholesalers to even whole building consultants, these are the professionals that can help you reduce energy and costs.

Your facilities may already qualify for incentives that could put these energy-saving improvements into effect.

1E Source www.esource.com
2U.S. Energy Information Administration 2006
3Infogroup ORC on Demand Research 2010


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