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Energy Efficiency Solutions for Healthcare Facilities
Reduce energy consumption, boost profitability and enhance both staff and patient comfort using our turnkey energy efficiency solutions
THE CASE FOR LOWER ENERGY COSTS
Energy efficiency is now more important than ever
Over the last decade, healthcare facilities across the country have faced increasing financial challenges as margins and profitability have been negatively impacted. Both private and public healthcare system administrators are challenged with similar budgetary constraints, which have led to losses for many for-profit hospitals and has squeezed margins in others.
Energy use in the healthcare market has increased 36 percent since 1995. A 30% savings in energy costs has the potential to improve profitability for the average healthcare facility by up to 1 percent. And while that may not sound like much, that 1 percent profit increase for a typical 235-bed facility with a 60 percent maintained bed occupancy can translate into a savings of nearly $1 million.
Onsite Utility Services Capital’s industry-leading energy efficiency solutions can help your healthcare facility finally get the energy-efficiency solutions it needs – installed and maintained – without impacting budgets or core investments.
How much healthcare facilities spend each year on energy (source: US Dept of Energy)
KNOW-HOW WHERE IT COUNTS
You need experienced energy professionals that you can trust
Finding the right energy efficiency solutions is often either too confusing or outside your budget.
Onsite Utility Services Capital removes both of those barriers, making it possible for healthcare facilities to achieve their financial and environmental goals through improved, profitable and affordable energy efficiency programs.
With over a quarter-century of energy efficiency experience, we’ve been solving energy challenges longer than just about anyone else.
of Proven Results
Solutions That Make Good Sense
Optimize your electricity costs
On your staff, not on your payroll
Clean up your laundry costs
The average voltage supplied in the U.S. is 493 volts – but most motors and equipment are optimized at 460 volts. So when the power company sends electricity to your building, that supply is almost always more than what you need – but the electric company still charges you for the entire supply.
And this is costing you money – and a lot of it – adding as much as 20% or more to your electricity bill. Plus, ‘overvoltage’ can dramatically shorten the life expectancy of equipment trying to handle the excess voltage (higher voltage is usually transformed into heat).
What you need is our power optimization program.
♦ By making sure you are only paying for the electricity your building actually uses – and nothing more – you can see electric costs drop an average of 5-15% (in some cases, we have seen this to be as high as 21%).
♦ Voltage-sensitive equipment – such as induction motors found in HVAC systems, pumps, exhaust fans, and even some types of older lighting such as halogens and incandescents – are very susceptible to sudden changes in electrical voltage, causing repeated stress and heat which ultimately can reduce their life expectancy.
With power optimization, equipment lasts significantly longer.That means lower replacement and maintenance costs – your equipment will operate as efficiently as possible at all times, while the long-term usability of that equipment will be maximized.
Water and sewer expenses have increasingly become a significant operating expense for many healthcare facilities, and every indication is that it will only get more expensive in the years ahead.
This makes water efficiency solutions critical elements in keeping your operating costs under control.
But it’s not just about low-flow faucets and shutting off the sprinklers. To truly optimize water and sewer spending, you need to ensure only water is flowing through your meter, so you are actually using the water you’re paying for.
♦ Cooling towers account for approximately 30% of a building’s total water usage. Keeping them running efficiently is critical to keeping your water costs in check.
♦ According to the American Water Works Association (AWWA), every day that a toilet leak goes undetected can result in as much as 300 gallons of water lost – per DAY. And that’s just for a single leaking toilet; multiply that by dozens – even hundreds – of toilets in your facility, and the amount of money being lost adds up rapidly.
For most healthcare facilities, lighting is a significant component of their electricity costs.
Although it can be a challenge to specifically pinpoint the exact monetary value of how efficient lighting impacts staff productivity, there is little doubt – and plenty of evidence – that your staff will be more productive if they are working in a better-lit environment with less glare, better color rendering and no annoying ‘hums’ or ‘flickers’.
A considerable amount of electricity is produced by local power plants to power all those inefficient lights you’re using, which pumps tons of pollution into the atmosphere, contributing to global warming, acid rain, and many other environmental problems. By consuming less electricity through efficient lighting, your healthcare facility can help reduce harmful emissions.
Retrofit solutions commonly involve upgrading incandescent and fluorescent fixtures to more advanced, lower maintenance LED’s. Additionally, solutions can include lighting controls, motion sensors, and adjustments to light color and intensity.
Your healthcare facility’s HVAC system has power requirements that make up a massive amount of your total overall energy consumption. And the key to HVAC optimization starts with the operation of the chillers and chilled water pumps.
♦ Lower Electricity and Maintenance Costs: Advanced chiller optimization is commonly recognized as a proven and reliable way for healthcare facilities to reduce the amount of money you are paying to run and operate your HVAC and refrigeration systems.
Most existing systems waste money cooling a building (as much as one out of every three dollars spent). Chiller optimization can remove that inefficiency, increasing system capacity and delivering long-term energy savings.
Healthcare facility clients typically see electric savings from 10% to 40%, and wear and tear on chiller equipment – motors, pumps, compressors, fans – are dramatically reduced, extending their lifespan.
♦ Improved Occupant Comfort: You are always under pressure to keep energy costs low while still delivering occupant comfort.
Advanced chiller optimization allows you to regulate and maintain the right temperature with incredible precision. In some cases, healthcare facility clients have reported as high as a 90% reduction in comfort complaints.
And with the decrease in hot and cold calls, building and facility support staff have more time available for preventative maintenance activities.
♦ Environmental Sustainability: Advanced chiller optimization has been a sensible and proven path to helping our clients achieve their environmental objectives – not only through reductions in energy consumption, but with the capacity to effectively measure and track energy consumption trends and proactively anticipated potential demand requirements.
Clean Indoor Air
We are now living in a COVID world. It has impacted every facet of our lives: How we work, shop, learn and live have all been altered in substantial – and likely permanent – ways.
Healthcare facilities particularly need a solution that reliably provides pathogen control and breathable clean air in both a safe and economical manner. And no matter how large your facility is, Onsite has indoor air solutions that can get the job done.
In fact, many other ‘clean air’ solutions use ozone to help purify the air, which unfortunately can lead to harmful byproduct discharge. But none of our clean-air solutions use ozone to sanitize the air, making them safe and effective for use in all types of healthcare facilities and applications.
Chances are, you are keenly familiar with companies measuring the performance of their products and services by comparing them with what their competitors are doing.
That kind of analysis has long been recognized as a smart process by companies of all sizes.
Energy benchmarking plays a similarly and equally important role for healthcare facilities, because it helps ensure your building’s energy performance is on par with other healthcare buildings in the area.
Benefits of Benchmarking also include:
♦ Lowers your costs by giving you a look at where your building is spending energy so you can then pinpoint the areas that can help reduce energy waste and deliver immediate savings.
♦ Helps increase your profits because, let’s face it, if you’re paying less for energy they you’re putting more money back into the profit column.
♦ Benchmarking is an excellent way to use the gathered data gathered and then develop or improve a better energy management program, improve operational performance, or acquire financing for other projects.
Did you acquire a property or complete a large scale new construction or property renovation in the past few years?
If so, then you may have an opportunity to accelerate your return on capital from these investments through engineered cost segregation.
Engineered cost segregation is a tax procedure authorized by the IRS that allows you to significantly accelerate the depreciation schedule for a variety of assets and improvements.
Typically, buildings are depreciated on a schedule ranging from 27.5 to 39.5 years, yet many of the fixtures and improvements that make up the building can be depreciated in as little as 5 years! These improvements usually account for at least 20% of your property’s value, but for some properties this may be up to 50%.That can make a big difference in your cash flow.
The key is to identify where these opportunities exist in your property, and Onsite Utility Services Capital can help you do this through an engineered cost segregation study.
Fractional Energy Management
Healthcare facilities have different energy management needs as they move through their expansion lifecycle stages.
Basic energy solutions may be sufficient in the early stages, but as your needs grow and expand you’ll require more involved energy services that can grow along with you.
And with the rapid changes occurring in the energy-efficiency marketplace, it’s becoming even more critical to ensure your healthcare facility is achieving the greatest level of energy savings available.
All that requires the skill and expertise of an experienced Energy Manager – someone who can help you successfully navigate the every-changing energy landscape.
A full-time staff energy manager or engineer is valuable – but also expensive. Through Onsite’s Fractional Energy Management program, you get the brainpower of a seasoned Energy Manager – but without the added cost of hiring one.
Outsourced energy management has revolutionized the way healthcare facilities handle their utility, energy efficiency and cost-saving initiatives. The Onsite Fractional Energy Management program delivers you peace of mind knowing you have the right energy expert to keep your healthcare facility on the right path to maximizing both energy savings and long-term profitability.
It has been said that laundries in healthcare facitilies might be one of the biggest contributors to environmental issues in the United States.
While this is difficult to evaluate, it does carry an element of truth when you look at the huge number of laundries in constant use within nursing homes, hospitals, and so on.
Current estimates suggest that, on average, one pound of laundry uses approximately three gallons of water, which ultimately just ends up in the sewer.
Although laundries consume large amounts of both energy and water, conservation opportunities are mostly untapped by the majority of healthcare facilities with laundry facilities.
♦ The average ozone laundry system typically reduces overall laundry costs between 30-40%.
♦ High efficiency heat recovery systems can reduce the energy used to dry linens by as much as 50%.
♦ UV-light laundry systems generate significant energy and water savings: Gas usage can be reduced by up to 80% and water usage up to 20% (depending upon installed optimizations).
♦ Laundry water recovery systems can reduce water usage by 80%, eliminate 90% of wastewater discharge and cut energy costs by up to 50%.
Upgrade With No Investment
No Budget? No Problem.
If you have been putting off energy efficiency upgrades because you ‘just don’t have the budget’, Onsite Utility Services has the solution you’ve been looking for:
Through our Energy Savings as a Service program, your healthcare facility can receive energy efficiency upgrades like lighting, clean indoor air, HVAC optimization, laundry optimization, and so much more – all fully installed and serviced – without risking any of your own capital.
Instead, Onsite Utility Services will make the investment for you, freeing up your capital for other more pressing issues. The equipment and installation costs are then taken from the new energy savings that are generated through the energy costs provided by the efficiency upgrades.
You enjoy reduced operational costs that come from lower energy utilization, plus no equipment or maintenance expenses – all without spending or risking any of your own capital.
There is no up-front or out-of-pocket expenditure – we make the investment for you.
All the service & maintenance costs are fully included during the entire service term.
It’s not a loan or traditional ‘financing’, so you get complete off-balance-sheet flexibility.
Frees Up Capital
Enjoy the benefits of reduced operational costs without spending your own capital.
To learn more about how Onsite Utility Servcies can help reduce the energy costs for your healthcare facility, simply fill out the form below, and one of our healthcare facility energy specialists will connect with you.