Energy to Care Treasure Hunt

What is the Event?

The Energy Treasure Hunt is a 1 to 3 day event hosted by ASHE and based on the ENERGY STAR Treasure Hunt Program. The program is designed to engage attendees in identifying low-cost energy savings opportunities from behavioral, operational, and maintenance actions. Since its rollout, the Energy to Care Treasure Hunt program has been a success in helping hospitals become more efficient, thus conserving more resources for patient care. The program has helped some hospitals find over $500,000 in annual energy savings opportunities! These incredible case studies have solidified that this program is wildly effective for hospitals striving to reduce costs and inspire behavior change for building a culture of efficiency. The goal of the program is that attendees will learn how to apply what they’ve learned on the hunt back at their own facilities, inspiring a ripple effect of culture change and resource conservation.

Upcoming Event Dates

  • University of Maryland Medical Center (Directly following the 2019 ASHE Annual Conference)
    22. S. Greene St. | Baltimore, MD 21201-1595
    July 17-18, 2019

    Registration is available through the Annual conference registration website.

    Learning Outcomes:
    • Provide a dynamic process for identifying energy savings opportunities
    • Teaches participants to calculate estimated annual savings associated with energy savings opportunities
    • Provides a step-by-step approach for participants to implement Energy Treasure Hunts and integrate them into their Energy Management Programs
    • Enables participants to build an culture of continuous improvement for energy savings

    Dress Code
    Business Casual – please keep in mind that you will be walking the hospital campus and the survey will take you to many locations on site. It is advised to wear comfortable shoes.

    What to Bring:
    • PDA – Tablet or Laptop
    • Additional tools – not part of tool kit described in Webinar 3 and discussed below
    • Name Tag from Conference


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

12:45 p.m.


Meet in UMMC Auditorium. Lunch on site/Event kickoff – working lunch, review treasure hunt philosophies, process, and calculation details.

1:45 – 4:30 p.m.

Teams look for savings opportunities on site

4:45 p.m.

Teams depart

Thursday, July 18, 2019

7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.

Meet in UMMC Auditorium, breakfast on site

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Teams regroup to organize opportunities and begin calculations

12 – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch on site

12:30 – 2 p.m.

Teams calculate savings and develop close- out presentations

2 – 3:45 p.m.

Teams present savings to teams, host facility personnel, and host facility senior leadership

3:45 p.m.

Teams depart

Pre-Training Webinars

Participants will be asked to participate in three 1 hour training webinars in the weeks prior to the event.

Pre-training Webinars:
Webinar 1: Introduction to ASHE Energy Treasure Hunt Program
This presentation introduces the suite of resources and services offered through ASHE’s Sustainability Program, including the Energy Treasure Hunt Program. A history and overview of the program is presented along with the many long-term benefits and outcomes that result from its implementation. Attendees will also review the three categories of sustainability measures and discuss examples of each.
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Webinar 2: Energy Fundamentals
The second webinar in the series covers the fundamentals of energy management and sustainability. Attendees will recall key terms and concepts used when discussing energy management and learn how to analyze energy projects from multiple perspectives. The presentation also covers how to read and interpret data typically found on utility bills and the various elements that form electricity and natural gas rate structures. Finally, attendees will gain an orientation to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and the ASHE Energy to Care Toolkit.
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Webinar 3: Energy Treasure Hunt Logistics
Concluding the webinar series, this presentation dives into the details of the Energy Treasure Hunt event. Key facility data will be distributed to the audience, and team distribution and assignments will be unveiled. Attendees will review the event agenda and all pertinent information related to who, what, where, and when surrounding the event. Participants will be introduced to the ASHE Energy to Care Treasure Hunt Calculator, Checklist, and How-To User Guide so they’re ready to hit the ground running on event day.
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Host Facility Requirements

For information on action items to be completed by the host facility in advance of the Treasure Hunt, please download the requirements below.

Download Host Facility Requirements

Educational Tools Provided with Hosted Program:

  • Use of the Energy to Care Treasure Hunt tool kit – includes all gauges, meters, etc. deemed necessary to conduct a thorough audit
  • Energy to Care Treasure Hunt Calculator Tool (Printed copy available on site) – with a thorough How-to User Guide to best utilize this robust calculator. Calculator includes:
    o Glimpse of current building energy use
    o Summary of Portfolio Data – compared to similar properties
    o Estimated Proposed Energy Reduction Results
    o Estimated Total Energy Reduction Potential
    o Energy to Care Treasure Hunt Opportunity Checklists – including typical items to verify in a Treasure Hunt
    o Summary of Energy Savings Opportunities
    o Summary of Potential Energy Savings Projects

Who Can Register?

This event is open to all facility managers interested in hands-on training in identifying energy savings in their facilities.

Cost of the event?

Pricing and continuing education credits will vary with each specific event.

Contact hours can be used toward renewal of the Certified Health Care Facility Manager (CHFM) and the Certified Health Care Constructor (CHC) credential.

Previous Energy Treasure Hunt Success Stories

  • Savings in Seattle: ENERGY STAR® - Treasure Hunt Uncovers Savings at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center identified $116,600/year in potential energy savings going back into patient care - Download Case Study
  • OSF Healthcare – Holy Family Medical Center Energy Star Treasure Hunt Identified $90,000/year in potential energy savings going back into patient care
  • OSF Healthcare - Saint Joseph Medical Center Energy Star Treasure Hunt identified $206,872/year in potential energy savings going back into patient care
  • Carolinas Healthcare System Stanly identified $75,000/year in potential energy savings going back into patient care

Click here to learn more about their success stories.



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