Uncover Significant Energy Savings through an Energy to Care Treasure Hunt
The Energy to Care Treasure Hunt is a 2 day event hosted by ASHE bringing together health care facilities professionals on a quest to discover low-cost energy savings opportunities at a hospital or clinical site.
What Can you Expect?
- 1-2 days of education and hands-on exploration in an exciting team setting
- Experience a dynamic process for identifying energy savings opportunities
- Learn to calculate estimated annual savings associated with energy savings opportunities
- Master a step-by step approach for participants to implement Energy Treasure Hunts and integrate them into their Energy Management Programs
- Build a culture of continuous improvement for energy savings
Required Pre-Training Webinars
Participants must complete three 1-hour training webinars in the weeks leading up to the event.
Learn about the history of the program and discover the many long-term benefits and outcomes that result from its implementation. Review three categories of sustainability measures and discuss each.
Review key terms and concepts used when discussing energy management, learn how to analyze projects from multiple perspectives and discover how to interpret data typically found on utility bills. Become familiar with the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and the Energy to Care toolkit.
Receive key facility information, team distribution details and assignments. Review event agenda and learn about the Treasure Hunt calculator, checklist and how-to user guide.
Treasure Hunt Tools
Participants learn additional important information about the tools used during the event.
The Energy Treasure Hunt at UMMC was part of an overall training session held after the ASHE Annual Conference. To determine a host facility, ASHE reached out to its local chapters to solicit for interested host sites which UMMC eagerly volunteered for.
Past Treasure Hunt Highlights
Arkansas Association for Healthcare Engineering, Inc. – Conway Regional Health System
$500,000 annual savings opportunities
“The ASHE Energy to Care Treasure Hunt was an invaluable process for us. Like most hospitals, Conway Regional Medical Center strives to attain a balanced compromise between thermal comfort and energy efficiency. For our facility and our staff, it almost always comes down to cultural and behavioral change. For example, after one quick walk through our administrative offices, we noticed individual space heaters which were competing against the supply air temperature. Creating a policy to eliminate the space heaters and adjust the temperature to an acceptable setpoint would result in an annual electricity cost savings of over $12,000. That’s a significant difference considering one small change! Every dollar saved through sustainability measures enables us to reallocate those resources and better serve our community by providing high-quality, compassionate health care services.” –Eric Kindsfater
“After discussing and reviewing all the opportunities discovered during the Treasure Hunt, it’s evident that behavior change must resonate from leadership to truly engender a “green” or sustainable minded culture. The experience was eye opening, and I’m grateful to ASHE and AAHE for organizing the Treasure Hunt at Conway Regional Medical Center. We are always seeking opportunities to improve, and now we have a list of improvement projects that we can implement immediately with little or no cost.” -- Bryan Gibbs
University of Maryland Medical Center
$2 Million of Energy Savings Opportunities
Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
$116,600 annual savings opportunities
“The event played into the culture of sustainability we’re trying to create here. Whenever people can see improvements right from the get-go, it’s a positive.” – Kevin Kajita, Assistant Director of Facilities at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center