According to the U.S. Department of Energy, healthcare is one of the top five energy-consuming building categories and accounts for nine percent of energy use in commercial buildings. With utility bills making up an average of 1.4 percent of a hospital’s operating revenue, hospitals in the U.S spend about $8.3 billion total on energy costs each year. The impact of these energy costs on an individual hospital is huge. For example, a 200,000 square foot, 50-bed facility spends about $13,600 per bed on energy costs, equaling about $680,000 each year.
Hospitals present many opportunities for improvement if efficiency projects are implemented with attention to their primary functions as healthcare facilities. Read Fairbanks Energy's 3 P's to consider before starting an efficiency project.
Hospitals are among the most energy intensive facilities in the United States. With the rising cost of energy, many healthcare facilities are seeking ways to cut costs without comprimising the quality of patient care. Read Fairbanks Energy's list of efficiency opportunities available in most hospitals below!