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While new medical technologies continue to improve patient care, they may also increase your energy bills. Healthcare facilities can reduce these costs by implementing simple energy-saving strategies. Check out the helpful tips below.​
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  • turn off lights in unoccupied break rooms, restrooms and storage areas.
  • turn off your equipment if you’re not using it for even 15 minutes. although the energy needed to warm up your office equipment is high, it usually only lasts a few seconds.
  • use ENERGY STAR-qualified fryers, steamer cookers and hot-food holding cabinets to save from 25 to 60% of electricity use.
  • use high-efficiency ice makers and set production for off-peak hours.
  • when re-roofing, choose reflective roof materials to reduce peak cooling demand by 15%.  
  • office equipment typically consumes 8% of the electricity used in hotels. ENERGY STAR-qualified office and imaging products use 30 to 75% less electricity than standard equipment.
  • reduce demand charges when you use high-efficiency ice-makers and set the production for non-peak hours.
  • reduce lighting energy use by 15 to 25% when you replace overhead T12 fluorescent lamps and magnetic ballasts with t8 fluorescent lamps and electronic ballasts. choose premium t8s and cut your use by as much as 40%.
  • replace your aging or inoperable HVAC system with a properly sized ENERGY STAR-qualified model for maximum efficiency.  
  • save with CFLs. They produce 75% less heat and last 10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • save $10 to $20 a year for each incandescent exit sign you replace with an ENERGY STAR-qualified model that lasts up to 10 times longer.
  • save $900 per year when you replace your aging HVAC system with a properly sized high-efficiency model.  
  • save 1 to 3% on annual cooling costs for each degree you program your thermostat above 78° while your business is closed.
  • save 40 to 50% on energy use  with occupancy sensors. Sensors automatically turn on and off the lights in areas that are only used occasionally, including examination rooms, restrooms and stock rooms.
  • save energy in common areas when you raise the thermostat to 78° or higher.
  • save up to 75% of lighting energy use when you replace exterior incandescent lamps with high-pressure sodium lamps.
  • Schedule regular maintenance and tune-ups to keep HVAC equipment running smoothly.
  • shut down computers and office equipment at night.
  • sleeping computers still draw some energy, so turn them off - along with copiers, printers and other equipment - when not in use.
  • switch from incandescent lamps to fluorescents in walk-in refrigerators and add strip-curtains to reduce air infiltration by up to 75%.
  • install occupancy sensors in restrooms, break rooms, storage areas and walk-in refrigerators to save as much as 30 to 75% on lighting energy.
  • install timers for exterior lighting to help control costs.
  • lighting and cooling costs are easy to manage: turn lights off when you’re not using them and turn the thermostat up in summer and down in winter.
  • reduce operating costs by 30 to 50% when you add variable controls to your kitchen exhaust system.  
  • replace all lamps when they reach 70% of their expected life, rather than on an individual basis, to reduce lighting maintenance costs by 25% or more. Save even more when you clean lamps and fixtures at the same time.
  • replace old appliances with ENERGY STAR-labeled commercial solid-door refrigerators and freezers. You’ll save up to 45% of electricity use compared to other models.
  • replace old kitchen appliances with ENERGY STAR-labeled commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers to save up to 45% of electricity use with a 1.3 year payback.
  • replace old refrigerators and dishwashers with ENERGY STAR-qualified products that use 15 to 40% less energy than other models.
  • fix leaky pipes, sinks and water fountains. these little drips can quickly drain your operating budget, especially if they use hot water.
  • identify potential energy-efficiency improvements with a walk-through assessment or professional energy audit. establish baseline energy usage, track changes to document the impact, target your most inefficient systems, then use savings for additional capital investments   
  • install a variable speed drive (VSD) to reduce motor energy use by up to 75%.
  • install daylight controls in foyers, atriums and other sunny spaces to reduce the use of artificial light when natural light is available.
  • install dimmer switches to gain energy savings of up to 10% on lighting.
  • change 1 incandescent bulb that burns 6 hours a day with a cfl and save $9 on electricity and $3 on maintenance costs each year.