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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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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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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