According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), “for every one dollar spent on energy efficiency” at hospitals it is estimated that the “energy dollars saved vary from $20-$50” and, the “improved air quality could save more than $20 billion annually in health care costs in the United States alone.”2 Reducing the use of fossil fuels at hospitals arguably benefits both the bottom-line and the air we breathe. This suggests that it is a win-win for energy efficiency strategies at hospitals. Albeit ensuring continuous operating capability through energy reliability will always remain the primary energy management concern at hospitals, energy is still a controllable cost center. That means smart energy sourcing, energy conservation and energy efficiency can dramatically reduce hospitals’ operating cost line-item while maintaining or improving the 24/7 energy requirements at hospitals.
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