Energy powers the equipment and systems needed to provide quality, reliable healthcare.
Energy powers everything from routine annual checkups to urgent emergency room visits. Discover new ways that managing energy supports top-quality patient care.
How You Benefit
- Enhance patient comfort with better climate control and air quality
- Reduce energy costs, freeing up capital for patient care investments
- Increase the reliability and uptime of your systems and equipment
- Improve employee retention and talent acquisition for medical staff seeking careers with sustainability-minded organizations
- Reduce your carbon footprint and contribute to a cleaner and healthier community
Key Energy Saving Opportunities
1. High-Efficiency Lighting Design
Energy-efficient lighting can provide a better patient experience, speed recovery time, and save money. In comparison to conventional lighting options, high-efficiency LED lighting uses less energy, costs less to operate, and can last much longer than traditional options—up to 25 years. Consider also using daylighting to bring more natural light into your building, creating a comfortable environment for both patients and medical staff.
2. Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech)
Complete an energy study to identify and evaluate opportunities to reduce energy costs and incorporate clean energy into capital planning. The study can evaluate what building performance and clean energy systems may be right for your facility and the estimated payback for upgrades. Participants can work with a FlexTech consultant and receive cost-share support from NYSERDA for studies with potential for energy savings, emission reductions, and process improvements.
3. Ventilation System Upgrades
Maintaining healthy indoor air quality and patient safety is critical to healthcare operations. Making upgrades to your ventilation systems can improve airflow and prevent the spread of infection. For example, heat recovery ventilators (HRVs) remove stale air from the building and replace it with preheated fresh air from the outside. This not only saves you energy and money, but also creates a safer and healthier environment for your employees and patients.
4. Clean Heating and Cooling Upgrades
Clean heating and cooling technologies, including air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps, make it possible to keep your medical staff and patients comfortable year-round, save energy, and reduce your carbon footprint. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, heat pumps draw heat from the environment and move it indoors to heat or move it outdoors to cool your building. Heat pumps are well-suited for the operational complexities of medical facilities, including consistently high occupancy, fluctuating usage schedules, and variable heating and cooling requirements between zones, that are difficult to meet efficiently with conventional systems. Larger medical complexes can consider installing community heat pumps systems to serve multiple buildings.
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Hospitals and healthcare facilities can improve their bottom line while creating a healthy, comfortable environment for patients and medical staff. Consider maximizing energy saving strategies with additional cost-effective energy investments, including:
- Electric Vehicles & Charging Stations: Converting your fleet and installing charging infrastructure can reduce costs and provide workplace charging for employees.
- Energy Storage: Use energy storage technologies to create a continuous, reliable supply of energy for your business.
- On-Site Energy Manager: Improve building performance and reduce operational costs by hiring a dedicated energy manager with cost-share assistance from NYSERDA.
- Real Time Energy Management: Optimize your energy use with smart building technologies that work in real time to monitor performance and detect inefficiencies.
For a full list of programs, visit our energy programs and incentives page.
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