Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs)

These reliable, unbiased resources that can help organizations integrate sustainable practices into the health care environment. Review strategies and Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs), or how-to-guides, to get started on your journey toward sustainability for your health care facility.

 

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A sustainability statement that is endorsed by facility leadership outlines guiding principles and commitments for sustainability program management. The statement can include specific commitments to environmental considerations (e.g., commitments to clean water and air),specific programs (e.g., energy reduction, water conservation, waste minimization, source reduction or chemical reduction programs) and/or target goals to reduce use of energy, water and chemicals and to increase reuse and recycling rates.

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Information collected by measuring a building’s energy performance for a minimum of 12 months (36 months preferred) will establish a baseline for energy consumption. This baseline can serve as a starting point for setting energy efficiency improvement goals as well as a comparison point for evaluating future efforts and trending overall performance.

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Energy University is a program of e-learning courses focused on major aspects of energy efficiency. These courses provide the information needed to identify, monitor and manage energy use in order to find new ways to create simple and effective energy-efficient solutions in any building or structure.

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Save energy and money without purchasing new equipment by implementing unoccupied modes in your medical office building (MOB).

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Increase baseline thermostat settings during summer months and decrease during winter months to balance energy efficiency and thermal comfort.

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Hospitals and other large commercial customers are often charged based on peak electrical load demand (sometimes for several months in the past) rather than simply for usage. Strategies such as peak shaving and load shifting can result in huge energy cost savings.

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Demand control kitchen ventilation (DCKV) systems are a type of kitchen ventilation, usually kitchen hoods, which modulate the amount of exhaust based on cooking demand. Modulating kitchen exhaust and corresponding make-up air when exhaust is not needed can save a significant amount of energy.

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Save energy, money and increase occupant comfort with a room ventilation reassessment (RVR) of your facility. Thoroughly reevaluating ventilation and minimum airflow requirements space by space can yield savings in air handling unit (AHU) fan, cooling and heating energy, while ensuring adherence to code and standard requirements.

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The chilled water (CHW) plant is often the most energy and cost-intensive portion of a facility. When trying to reduce energy use, the CHW plant is a great starting point. CHW optimizations can range from adjusting setpoints to full-scale plant renovations and advanced software controls integration

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Has your facility been retro-commissioned? Were you able to maintain the savings? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help guide facilities through the retro-commissioning process and make sure that retro-commissioning savings maintained and don't degrade over time.

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Did you know that operating rooms are unoccupied about 40% of the time? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM that addresses stakeholder considerations as well as a how to guide on how to implement the strategies.

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Did you know that implementing an unoccupied schedule in the Building Automation System can have paybacks of less than a year? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM that guides facilities through conducting an occupancy survey, deadband considerations, and strategies associated with BAS overrides.

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Establish regular and specific preventive maintenance schedules for all heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment to optimize efficiency, maximize estimated useful life and maintain a level of indoor air quality that supports the well-being of patients, staff and visitors.

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Your facility can easily reduce energy consumption and take advantage of free cooling by regularly performing economizer maintenance. ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help guide facilities on what to consider and how to develop a proactive, recurring economizer maintenance program. 

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Did you know that a pinhole leak in a compressed air system can cost a facility thousands of dollars each year in wasted energy? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help facilities identify, repair, and prevent leaks in compressed air systems.

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Do you receive complaints about your sinks taking too long to get hot water to them? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help guide facilities on how to evaluate and repair existing insulation and purchasing considerations for new insulation for hot water systems.

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Have you ever looked into your utility bills and was confused by all the different types of charges? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help guide facilities on various types of utility charges and walks you through how to perform your own utility bill audit. Learn more here:

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Have you ever looked into your utility bills and got confused by all the different types of charges? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help guide facilities on various types of utility charges and walks you through how to perform your own utility bill audit. Learn more here:

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When feasible, alternative or renewable energy development can provide a cost-effective method for building owners to reduce energy use, lower electric bills and reduce exposure to energy market price volatility. On-site renewable energy can provide significant cost savings and can be funded through many mechanisms, depending on the state. Learn more here:

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If your facility is still using HID lighting on it's surgical booms, it's time to reconsider. ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help guide facilities on purchasing considerations and case studies associated with LED lights for booms. Learn more here:

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Why is replacing air filters on Air Handling Units regularly so important? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help guide facilities on purchasing considerations and various how to methods to help facilities get the most out of their air filters. Learn more here:

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Does your organization have the capital budget that it needs to do a complete lighting retrofit all at one time? ASHE's Energy to Care Program has developed an easy to follow ECM to help guide facilities on optimizing current lighting. Learn more here:

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