ENERGY STAR is for Health Care
You may have seen the ENERGY STAR symbol on new household electronics, kitchen appliances, light bulbs, or other residential products. You might also know that products displaying the ENERGY STAR symbol are more energy efficient than others, and you probably know that saving energy translates into lower electricity and heating/cooling charges. But did you know that health care facilities can also reduce their energy expenditures by switching to ENERGY STAR qualified products, such as lighting, commercial kitchen appliances, office equipment, and light commercial HVAC equipment?
Why your Health Care Facility Needs ENERGY STAR HELP
As you know, health care facilities are highly energy intensive. A 2005 Natural Resources Canada report lists health care as the second most energy intensive commercial and institutional sector in Canada. Hospitals and long-term care facilities require high levels of energy for ongoing patient care, diagnostic and emergency medical equipment, and other vital health care functions. Sound energy management practices have been proven to greatly decrease operating costs, freeing up much needed funds for infrastructure redevelopment, and more importantly, direct patient care; however, identifying and taking advantage of energy saving opportunities can be challenging in times of limited resources.
Demonstrate your commitment to energy reduction and environmental leadership by joining the ENERGY STAR Health Care Energy Leadership Program (HELP). Learn how our team can help your team take the next step towards realizing your energy efficiency goals by delivering:
- Educational webinars
- Onsite ENERGY STAR training and 'Spot the ENERGY STAR Opportunities' walkthroughs at green health care training host sites
- Sample ENERGY STAR procurement language to incorporate into your RFPs
- Training on the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculators to help you build the business case for ENERGY STAR upgrades
- Access to a national peer-to-peer network of other energy efficiency leaders in the health care sector
- Assistance with ENERGY STAR Participant application
The structure of ENERGY STAR HELP encompasses six core components and is intended to drive continuous improvement over time. By participating in webinars and a collaborative peer network, members of the HELP community can start to build awareness around ENERGY STAR within their facilities and learn from their peers through the sharing of best practices. The next step is to find opportunities, which we help you identify and prioritize with on-site training, an ENERGY STAR audit checklist and the ENERGY STAR Savings Calculators. Once opportunities are identified, it is time to take action by upgrading to ENERGY STAR qualified products where and when it makes sense for your facility. It is then important to measure the results, which can be estimated with the Savings Calculators, utility bills and/or energy monitoring devices. Further tracking of progress can be done through energy tracking software such as the US EPA's Portfolio Manager. Celebrate and share your ongoing cost savings with your staff, then re-evaluate and set new energy-conservation goals.