Health Care

Prescription of lower energy costs.

Enjoy healthier returns on energy conservation with help from DTE Energy.

Understandably, hospitals are big consumers of electricity and natural gas. Focusing on electronics, HVAC and more, DTE offers incentives and tips to help health care facilities always have the energy to provide the best care possible.

Data from U.S. Energy Information Administration

Filled with advice on how to illuminate your business, our Lighting Tips page explains the benefits of CFL and LED bulbs, the importance of light dimmers and light sensors, and more.

DTE Energy has partnered with the organization Michigan Saves, which helps provide affordable financing for energy improvements. Learn more about special incentives, financing and rates.

DTE Energy can help your bottom line with incentives – prescriptive, custom or new construction -- that can substantially reduce the cost of your business projects.

Appliances

Ensure faucets are turned off
Some faucets are not turned completely off. A vigilant janitorial staff can report any leaks immediately and make sure that all faucets are shut off to reduce energy and water costs.

Use ENERGY STAR®-certified products
Look for ENERGY STAR®–certified commercial food service equipment when making new purchases. Dishwashers, fryers, griddles, hot food–holding cabinets, ice machines, ovens, refrigerators, freezers and steam cookers are all now available in energy-efficient models.

Hospital laundry can be safely washed at lower temperatures
The common practice of laundering in water at 160°F is outdated. Modern detergents and bleaches allow hospital laundry to be effectively washed in water at 120°F.

 

HVAC

Install occupancy sensors
Many operating rooms have air-handling units that draw 100% of their supply from outside air, which needs to be heated or cooled depending on the season. In these rooms, install occupancy sensors or manual switches that reduce the operating speed of the supply and exhaust fans when the rooms are unoccupied, but will continue to maintain air-pressure relationships.

Change filters monthly
Filters should be changed on a monthly basis; they should be changed more often than this if you are located next to a highway or construction site where the air is much dirtier.

Install room programmable thermostats
Not all rooms in a hospital are occupied 24 hours a day. Such rooms should have programmable thermostats that turn temperatures up in the cooling season and down in the heating season during hours of no occupancy.

Maintain rooftop A/C units
On a quarterly basis, do a maintenance check on your rooftop air-conditioning unit: make sure the panels are fully attached with all screws in place, and also check to see that gaskets are intact so no air leaks out of the cabinet. If chilled air leaks out, it can cost $100/year in wasted energy per rooftop unit. In addition, check condenser coils quarterly for debris, natural or otherwise, that can collect there. Thoroughly wash the coils at the beginning or end of the cooling season.

Hospitals total energy use
In a typical hospital, lighting, heating, and hot water represent about 72% of total energy use, making those systems the best targets for energy savings.

 

Lighting

Install occupancy sensors
Hospitals and large health care centers have many rooms that are used periodically, such as restrooms, storage rooms, break rooms and offices. For work areas, a combination of occupancy sensors, time switches and personal dimming controls can accommodate people who arrive early or stay late.

Source for all Health Care section tips: Business Energy Advisor.

 

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