White Paper August 2010 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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